Tuesday, August 30, 2005

History of Spain


History of Spain. This is a short article which gives a summary of the history of Spain. The emphasis is on 20th Century events.

I found the concluding paragraph of note, "Unfortunately, the defeat of the Aznar government and the subsequent removal of Spanish troops from Iraq, gave the terrorists exactly what the wanted and rewarded them for the Madrid train attack. It is probable that as a result, other nations will probably suffer terror attacks during their electoral processes as Al Qaeda and other groups try to influence international politics through violence. "

This may be true but it I feel it is inappropriate to add political comments like this to a general history article. Particularly when it is at the end and the reader has no warning.

From the site:

Spain’s Iberian Peninsula has been settled for millennia. In fact, some of Europe's most impressive Paleolithic cultural sites are located in Spain, including the famous caves at Altamira that contain spectacular paintings dating from about 15,000 to 25,000 years ago. The Basques, Europe’s oldest surviving group, are also the first identifiable people of the peninsula.

Beginning in the ninth century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, and Celts entered the Iberian Peninsula. The Romans followed in the second century BC and laid the groundwork for Spain's present language, religion, and laws. Although the Visigoths arrived in the fifth century AD, the last Roman strongholds along the southern coast did not fall until the seventh century AD. In 711, North African Moors sailed across the straits, swept into Andalusia, and within a few years, pushed the Visigoths up the peninsula to the Cantabrian Mountains. The Reconquest—efforts to drive out the Moors—lasted until 1492. By 1512, the unification of present-day Spain was complete.

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