Fascinating Spain history personalities and moments
The Spanish history is full of events and characters that people see under a special aura. People and occurrences that have remained in our minds and that continue to fascinate us. In this times of confinement, learning about them is a nice distraction from the current situation. And for me as a tour guide, writing this blog post is a wonderful way to refresh my knowledge and stay in touch with my passion: sharing with others the wealth and heritage of our land.
These are the Spain history events and personalities that most people asks me about:
And while the official figures calculate a bit over 1300 people executed by the Spanish Inquisition, many archives haven’t been researched yet and some historians point that the real number of victims could reach 32000. It is also true that in the late 1500 Protestants in England started a smear campaign to disgrace Spain that included magnifying the cruelty of the Spanish Inquisition, and in the 1800s writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Fiodor Dovstoievski continued to feed it.
It’s the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604). Phillip II of Spain (great-grandson of Isabella and Ferdinand, and grandnephew of Catherine) fights Elizabeth I of England, worried about the increasing influence of Protestantism in the Low Countries controlled by Spain at that time. Everyone has heard about the ignominious defeat of the Spanish Armada, so-called the Invincible. 127 vessels departed Spanish ports with the mission of invading England and dethrone Elizabeth, however the extreme weather conditions and storms they encountered in the English Channel caused the sinking of about a third of the fleet – 87 ships were able to get back to Spain, whereas the more experienced in such weather English sailors were not as much affected. The defeat was seen as a sign of God in favor of Protestants. But were you aware that this was just one of many battles, and the Anglo-Spanish war was finally won by Spain?
AND BONUS: Any fascinating Catalan history personalities?
A master of architecture, whose works transformed the landscape of Barcelona, his life is also full of enigmas. Where was he really born? Two small towns, Reus and Riudoms, claim to have the honor to be his hometown. Was he a Freemason, like his friend and patron Count Eusebi Guell? Is it true his heart was broken in his youth and he never recovered from that or he was a homosexual with no interest in women? Did he use hallucinogenic mushrooms to get inspired? The answers need to be taken with a pinch of salt, which we do when we discuss them on our Gaudi Tours. Do you know his works inspired Dan Brown’s book Origin?
What are your favorite Spain history events and personalities?
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