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Alcanar is in lands washed by the Ebro River.
Its origins go back to the Iberian settlement of Moleta del Remei (7th-2nd centuries BC), although it was later occupied by the Romans, and then by the Moors, who introduced numerous agricultural and irrigation techniques in the countryside, used to this day. In the Middle Ages it became part of the Crown of Aragon, and, centuries later, defensive walls were built around the town (Torre del Carrer Nou Tower remains to this day). Defensive towers, such as that of Sant Pere, were also built on the coast.