Spainis located in extreme southwestern Europeon the Iberian Peninsula to the south of France and Andorra and to the east ofPortugal. The Spanish name for Spain is España.Spain is the third-largest country in Europe Spain’s capital and largest city isMadrid and the country is known for its long history, unique culture, a strongeconomy and very high living standards.
The secondlargest city is Barcelona, which is located in Catalonia. Spain includes anumber of islands including Mallorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Gran Canaria.The population of just under 47 million is the sixth largest in Europe Spanish is the second most widelyspoken language in the world Around six million people live in Madridand five million in Barcelona. Spain is a developedcountry with a high quality of life.History The history of Spain dates back to the Early Middle Ages. In Habsburg, Spain unified a number ofdisparate predecessor kingdoms. After the completion of the Reconquista, the kingdoms of Spainwere united under Habsburg rule that unified the Crown of Castile, the Crown of Aragon and smallerkingdoms under the same rule. At the same time, the Spanish Empire began after theDiscovery of America in 1492, marking the beginning of the Golden Age of Spain,during which, from the early 1500s to the 1650s, Habsburg Spain was the mostpowerful state in the world During this period, Spain was involved in all majorEuropean wars, including the Italian Wars, the Eighty Years’ War,the Thirty Years’ War,and the Franco-Spanish War.
In the later 17th century, however, Spanish power began to decline, and afterthe death of the last Habsburg ruler, the War of the Spanish endedwith the relegation of Spain, but as the century ended, instability set in withthe French Revolution andthe Peninsular War,so that Spain never regained its former strength. what the French revolution was depends, perhaps more than anyother major historical event, on what you choose to believe about it. Was it agreat epoch in the history of the modern West, or an ugly and unnecessary carnage?Was it the product of the collapse of the French state from inside, or of irresistiblesocial pressures? Was it a brave attempt to create a constitutional statebetrayed by irresponsible radicals, or a radical bid to bring happiness to theworld betrayed by compromisers and aristocrats? Was it a doomed descent intoanarchic violence, or a desperate, but managed, e_ort to resist enemies on allsides?It has been all these things, not just in the longer term of history, butwithin the debates and memories of its participants. Every subsequent generationhas imposed its ideas and concerns onto the fabric of revolutionary events butnone has succeeded in doing more than establishing (” History Today,” 2016).Cultur The cultures of Spain areEuropean cultures, Spanish culture iswidely known for Flamenco music and dance, bullfights, fantastic beaches andlots of sunshine. There is a festival that iscelebrated in Spain that is about the Christmas Story. It is called Epiphany and is celebrated on 6thJanuary. But what is Spain known for? It has much more to offerthan that.
It is – and has been for thousands of years, one of the culturalcenters of Europe, and most traditional Spanish clothing is reserved forspecial events and celebrations. The most common pieces, still used today,include: the mantilla,the peineta and thegilet. Mantilla: The mantilla is a traditional Spanishveil piece that is often worn during religious celebrations such as Spanish weddings,and in the past “Paris and London abandoned their wheel-shapedfarthingales. In the mid-1630s in Spain,the verdugado began to evolve into a new kind of hoopskirt that combined thehip-extending framework of the French farthingale with the hoops of the Spanishverdugado” (“Renaissance Quarterly,” Spring2015).Food Originating in Valencia, paella is a rice dish prepared with seafood.Of all the foods in Spain, this is the most popular, Lamb is Especially popularin Northern Spain. Sangriais without a doubt one of the most popular drinks in Spain, especially duringsummertime, and for breakfast.
While an American traditional breakfast has pancakes, bacon,and eggs, the Spanish traditional breakfast consists of the vastlypopular churros, served sprinkled with sugar or dunked in hot chocolate.”Nearly500 years after Columbus, Spain’s most delicious dining tradition has finallydiscovered America.Tapas, the little appetizers Spaniards have nibbled beforedinner for centuries, are turning up frequently at American luncheons anddinner parties”( “Nyenhuis, 1987”).