Learn the history of Spain prior to visit

You want to read about the history of Spain and Spanish culture, if you want to spend a significant amount of time in the country, and especially if you want to be there. You will better understand the current needs of the country's political and economic status and culture of its citizens. In addition, understanding its history can help you get to travel to Spain much more.

The Iberian peninsula has been home to several different groups through different periods of Spanish history, including the Romans and the Moors. As you travel, you can see the influence of these groups, particularly in buildings and architectural styles. You can see this influence in the rest of the region castles, fortresses and ancient churches, some with a combination of several styles.

At one time, Spain was the country most dominant in Europe and, thanks to political changes and increased tourism, it is still one of the strongest countries in so far as politics and economy. Unfortunately, there was a period of decline and dictatorship, before returning to a strong nation.

Like most areas were in ancient history, most of the area now known as Spain was ruled by the Roman Empire. The Moors occupied most of the region after the Roman Empire fell, and many castles and walls built by the Moors are still visible in several Spanish cities. Until the year 1000, there was Muslim influence. From then until the fourteenth century, there was constant fighting between Christian and Muslim groups involving wars, revolts and raids.

During the fifteenth century under the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile united States and Spain politically, religiously and economically. It was during this period that Catholicism became the state religion. All Muslims who convert to Catholicism were expelled. It was at this time that Columbus began his exploration infamous and discovered the New World. The gold and silver found turned Spain into one of the most powerful countries. The Hapsburgs reigned during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the Bourbons ruled during the eighteenth century.

In the 1930s, Spain has experienced a civil war between right wing and left wing groups right of every struggle for power. Ultimately, the Nationalists took power under Francisco Franco ruled until his death in 1975. During this period of war and dictatorship, Spain has declined and economic status. He regained economic strength in the years 1960 and 1970 due to a variety of industries, including tourism. Prince Juan Carlos took the throne after Franco's death and still rules. Franco led Spain from dictatorship to a democracy and he returned to one of the strongest nations in Europe in terms of economy and politics.

Spain is divided into seventeen different regions, all unique, culturally and geographically, which can be seen in the culture, lifestyle and language. You begin to see these differences as you travel across the country.


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