"the Duce has been reclaiming great tracts of land in the Pontine Marshes"
Low tracts of mainly agricultural land in central Italy. Several attempts throughout history to reclaim the land and urbanize the area failed. Settlers and workers were often infected with malaria. In 1928, Il Duce Benito Mussolini
brought a plan before parliament, which included the construction of checkerboard canals. Although workers' conditions were dreadful, the project was declared complete in 1939.