SPAIN (Espana) , a
See also:kingdom in the extreme south-west of
See also:Europe, comprising about eleven-thirteenths of the Iberian Peninsula, in addition to the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, and the fortified station of
See also:Ceuta, on the Moroccan east of
See also:Catalonia stretches of steep and rocky
See also:coast alternate coast opposite to
See also:Gibraltar . Each of the two
See also:island groups forms one of the
See also:forty-nine provinces of the kingdom, although only the first named belongs geographically to Spain . Ceuta is included in the province of Cadiz . In 1900 the kingdom (exclusive of its colonies) had a population of 18,607,694, and a
See also:area of 194,700 sq. m . It is thus rather more than twice the
See also:size of
See also:Great Britain, nearly 50,000 sq. m. larger than
See also:Japan, and nearly 85,000 sq. m. larger than Italy and
See also:Sicily . Exclusive of the Canaries its area is 191,893 sq. m . On all sides except that of
See also:Portugal the boundaries of
See also:continental Spain are natural, the Peninsula being separated from France by the Pyrenees and on every other side being surrounded by the
See also:sea . On the side of Portugal a
See also:tract of inhospitable
See also:country ;led originally to the separation between the two kingdoms, inasmuch as it caused the reconquest of the comparatively populous maritime tracts from the Moors to be carried out independently of that of the eastern kingdoms, which were also well peopled . The
See also:absence of any such means of intercommunication as navigable
See also:rivers afford has favoured the continuance of this
See also:isolation . The precise
See also:line of the western frontier is formed for a considerable length by portions of the chief rivers or by small tributaries, and on the
See also:north (between Portugal and
See also:Galicia) it is determined to a large extent by small
See also:mountain ranges . The
See also:rock of Gibraltar, in the extreme south of the peninsula, is separated from Spain by a low
See also:isthmus known as the Neutral Ground . By the relinquishment of
See also:Cuba and the cession of
See also:Porto Rico, the Philippine and Sulu Islands, and Guam, the largest of the colonial Ladrones, to the
See also:United States, as a consequence Posses., of the war of 1898, and of the remaining Ladrone dons. or Marianne Islands, together with the Caroline and Pelew Islands, to Germany by a treaty of the 8th of
See also:February 1899, the colonial possessions of Spain were greatly reduced .
Apart from Ceuta, Spain possesses on the Moroccan seaboard
See also:Melilla, Alhucemas,
See also:Person de la
See also:Gomera, Ifni, and the
See also:Chaffarinas islets . Besides these isolated posts Spain holds Rio de Oro, a stretch of the Saharan coast, and its hinterland lying between
See also:Morocco and French West Africa; the Muni
See also:River Settlements or
See also:Guinea, situated between French
See also:Congo and the German colony of Cameroon; Fernando Po,
See also:Corisco and other islands in the Gulf of Guinea . Spain has given to France the right of pre-emption over any of her West
See also:African colonies . here occur the
See also:fine natural harbours of
See also:Pontevedra and
See also:Vigo, Corunna and
See also:Ferrol . Less varied in outline but more varied in character are the Spanish coasts on the south and east . The seaboard is generally
See also:flat from the frontier of Portugal to the Straits of Gibraltar . Between the mouth of the Rio Tinto and that of the Guadalquivir the
See also:shore is lined by a series of sand-
See also:dunes, known as the Arenas Gordas . Next follows a marshy tract at the mouth of the Guadalquivir known as
See also:Las Marismas, after which the coast-line becomes more varied, and includes the fine
See also:Bay of Cadiz . From the Straits of Gibraltar a bold and rocky coast continues almost to Cape Palos, a little beyond the fine natural
See also:harbour of
See also:Cartagena . North of Cape Palos a line of flat coast, beginning with the narrow
See also:strip which cuts off the lagoon called the
See also:Mar Menor from the Mediterranean,
See also:half of the province of
See also:Alicante, but in its
See also:northern half this province, becoming mountainous, runs out to the lofty headland of Cape de la Nao . The whole coast of the Bay of Valencia is low and
See also:ill provided with harbours; and along the I.—GENERAL SURVEY OF THE SPANISH KINGDOM
See also:Physical Features.—The coast-line on the north and north- west is everywhere steep and rocky . On the north there are numerous small indentations, many of which
See also:form convenient harbours, although the current flowing along the coast from the west often leaves in the stiller
See also:water at their mouths coast-lines. obstruction bars .
The best harbours are to be found on the rias or
See also:fjord-like indentations in the W. and N . with others of an opposite character . The
See also:surface of Spain is remarkable at once for its striking contrasts and its vast expanses of dreary uniformity . There are mountains rising with alpine grandeur above the
See also:snow-line, but Surface. often sheltering
See also:rich and magnificent valleys at their
See also:base . Naked walls of
See also:limestone tower above dark woods of
See also:oak and
See also:olive . In other parts, as in the Basque country, in Galicia, in the Serrania de
See also:Cuenca (between the headwaters of the
See also:Tagus and those of the
See also:Jucar), in the Sierra de Albarracin (between the headwaters of the Tagus and those of the Guadalaviar), there are extensive tracts of undulating
See also:hill country, and almost contiguous to these there are apparently boundless plains, or tracts of level table-
See also:land, some almost uninhabitable, and some streaked with irrigation canals and richly cultivated—like the
See also:Requena of Valencia . While, again, continuous mountain ranges and broad plains and table-lands give the prevailing character to the scenery, there are, on the one
See also:hand, lofty isolated peaks, such as Monseny, Montserrat (q.v.) and Mont Sant in Catalonia, the Pena Golosa in Valencia, Moncayo on the
See also:borders of
See also:Aragon and Old
See also:Castile, and, on the other hand, small secluded valleys, such as those of
See also:Vich and Olot among the Catalonian Pyrenees . The greater
See also:part of the interior of Spain is composed of a table-land bounded by the Cantabrian Mountains in the north and the Sierra Morena in the south, and divided into two by a series central of mountain ranges stretching on the whole from east Table-land. to west . The northern half of the table-land, made up of the provinces of Leon and Old Castile, has an
See also:elevation estimated at about 2700 ft., while the
See also:southern half, made up of
See also:Estremadura and New Castile, is slightly lower—about 2600 ft . On all sides the table-land as a whole is remarkably isolated, and hence the passes on its boundary and the river valleys that lead down from it to the surrounding plains are
See also:geographical features of
See also:peculiar importance . The isolation on the side of Portugal has already been mentioned . On the north-west the valley of the Sil and a series of valleys farther south, along both of which military roads have been carried from an early
See also:period, open up communication between Leon and the hill country of Galicia, which explains why this province was united to Leon even before the
See also:conquest of Portugal from the Moors .
The passes across the Cantabrian Mountains in the north are tolerably numerous, and several of them are crossed by
See also:railways . The two most remarkable are the Pass of Pajares, across which winds the railway from Leon to
See also:Oviedo and the seaport of Gijon, and that of Reinosa leading down to the deep valley of the Besaya, and crossed by the railway from
See also:Valladolid to Santander . In its eastern section the chain is crossed by the railways from
See also:Burgos to
See also:Bilbao and
See also:San Sebastian; the last-named line winds through the
See also:wild and romantic
See also:gorge of Pancorbo (in the north-east of the province of Burgos) before it traverses the Cantabrian chain at Idiazabal . On the north-east and east, where the edge of the table-land sweeps
See also:round in a wide
See also:curve, the surface sinks in broad terraces to the valley of the
See also:Ebro and the Bay of Valencia, and is crowned by more or less isolated mountains, some of which have been already mentioned . On the north-east, by far the most important communication with the Ebro valley is formed by the valley of the Jalon, which has thus always formed a military route of the highest consequence, and is now traversed by the railway from
See also:Madrid to Saragossa . Farther south the mountains clustered on the east of the table-land (Sierra de Albarracin, Serrania de Cuenca) long rendered
See also:direct communication between Valencia and Madrid extremely difficult, and the
See also:principal communications with the east and south-east are effected where the southern table-land of La Mancha (q.v.) merges in the hill country which connects the interior of Spain with the Sierra
See also:Nevada . In the south the descent from the table-land to the valley of the Guadalquivir is again comparatively gradual, but even here in the of Galicia, where high tides keep the inlets well scoured; eastern half of the Sierra Morena the passes are few, the most 528 important being the Puerto de Despenaperros, where the Rio Magana, a sub-tributary of the Guadalimar, has cut for itself a deep gorge through which the railway ascends from
See also:Andalusia to Madrid . Between Andalusia and Estremadura farther west the communication is freer, the Sierra Morena being broken up into series of small chains . Of the mountains belonging to the table-land the most continuous are those of the Cantabrian chain, which stretches for the most part Mountains. from east to west, parallel to the Bay of Biscay, but ultimately bends round towards the south between Leon and Galicia (see CANTABRIAN MOUNTAINS) . A peculiar feature of this chain, and of the neighbouring parts of the table-land, is the number of the parameras or isolated plateaus, surrounded by steep rocky mountains, or even by walls of sheer cliff . The
See also:bleak districts of Siguenza and
See also:Soria, round the headwaters of the Douro,
See also:separate the mountains of the so-called Iberian
See also:system on the north-east of the table-land from the eastern portion of the central mountain chains of the peninsula . Of these chains, to which Spanish geographers give the name Carpetano-Vetonica, the most easterly is the Sierra de Guadarrama, the general trend of which is from south-west to north-east .
It is the Montes Carpetani of the ancients, and a portion of it (due north of Madrid) still bears the name of Carpetanos . Composed almost entirely ofgranite, it has an aspect when seen from a distance highly characteristic of the mountains of the Iberian Peninsula in general, presenting the appearance of a saw-like
See also:ridge (sierra) broken up into numerous sections . Its mean height is about 5250 ft., and near its centre it has three summits, the highest (named the
See also:Pico de Penalara) rising to a height of 6910 ft . The chief passes across the Sierra are those of Somosierra (4692 ft.) in the north-east, Navacerrada (5837 ft.), near Penalara, and Guadarrama (5010 ft.), a few
See also:miles farther south and west; these are crossed by
See also:carriage roads . The railway from Madrid to
See also:Segovia passes through a tunnel close to the Guadarrama Pass; and the railway from Madrid to Avila traverses the south-western portion of the range through a remark-able series of tunnels and cuttings . A region with a highly irregular surface, filled with hills and parameras, separates the Sierra de Guadarrama from the Sierra de Gredos farther west . This is the loftiest and grandest sierra in the whole series . Its culminating point, the Plaza de Almanzor, attains the height of 8730 ft., not far
See also:short of that of the highest Cantabrian summits . Its general trend is east and west; towards the south it sinks precipitously, and on the north it descends with a somewhat more gentle slope towards the
See also:longitudinal valleys of the Tormes and Alberche which separate it from another rugged mountain range, forming the southern boundary of the paramera of Avila . On the west another rough and hilly tract, similar to that which divides it from the Sierra de Guadarrama in the east, separates it from the Sierra de Gata, the westernmost and the lowest of the Spanish sierras belonging to the series . These hilly intervals between the more continuous sierras greatly facilitate the communication between the northern and southern halves of the Spanish table-land . The Sierra de Gredos has a road across it connecting Avila with Talavera de la Reina by the Puerto del Pico; but for the most part there are only bridle-paths across the Gredos and Gata ranges, and no railway crosses either of them, although the line from
See also:Plasencia to Salamanca skirts the Sierra de Gredos on the west .
The Serra da Estrella, in Portugal, is usually regarded as a
See also:fourth section in the Carpetano-Vetonica chain . On the southern half of the table-land a shorter series of sierras, consisting of the Montes de Toledo in the east (highest elevation Tejadillas, 4567 ft.) and the sierras of San Pedro, Montanchez and Guadalupe in the west (highest elevation Cabeza del
See also:Moro, 5100 ft.), separates the basins of the Tagus and Guadiana . The southern system of mountains bounding the Iberian table-land—the Sierra Morena (q.v.)—is even less of a continuous chain than the two systems last described . As already intimated, its least continuous portion is in the west . In the east and
See also:middle portion it is composed of a countless number of irregularly-disposed undulating mountains all nearly equal in height . Even more important than the mountains bounding or
See also:crossing the table-land are those which are connected with it only at their extremities; viz. the Pyrenees (q.v.) in the north-east, the Sierra Nevada (q.v.) and the coast ranges in the south . The transverse valleys of the Sierra Nevada open southwards into the mountainous longitudinal valleys of the Alpujarras (q.v.), into which open also on the other side the transverse valleys from the most easterly of the coast sierras, the Sierra Contraviesa and the Sierra de Almijara . These ranges are continued farther west by the Sierra de Alhama and Sierra de Abdalajiz . Immediately to the west of the last-named sierra is the gorge of the Guadalhorce, which affords a passage for the railway from
See also:Malaga to Cordova; and beyond that gorge, to the west and south-west, the Serrania de
See also:Ronda, a mountain
See also:group difficult of
See also:access, stretches out its sierras in all directions . To Spanish geographers the coast ranges just mentioned are known collectively as the Sierra Penibetica . Although not comparable in altitude with the Pyrenees (highest
See also:summit Aneto, 1',168 ft.) or the Sierra Nevada (highest summit Mulhacen, 11,42I ft.), the coast ranges frequently attain an elevation of over 5000 ft., and in some cases of over 600o ft . North-east of the Sierra Nevada two small[GENERAL SURVEY ranges, Alcaraz and La Sagra, rise with remarkable abruptness from the
See also:plateau of
See also:Murcia, where it merges in that of the interior .
The only two important
See also:lowland valleys of Spain are those of the Ebro and the Guadalquivir . The Ebro valley occupies the
See also:angle in the north-east between the Pyrenees and the central Lowland table-land, and is divided by ranges of heights proceeding Valleys. on the one side from the Pyrenees, on the other from the base of the Moncayo, into two portions . The uppermost of these, a plateau of between
See also:I000 and 1300 ft. above sea-level, is only about one-fourth of the size of the remaining portion, which is chiefly low-land, but is cut off from the coast by a highland tract connecting the interior table-land with spurs from the Pyrenees . The Guadalquivir
See also:basin is likewise divided by the configuration of the ground into a small upper portion of considerable elevation and a much larger
See also:lower portion mainly lowland, the latter composed from Seville downwards of a perfectly level and to a large extent unhealthy
See also:alluvium (Las Marismas) . The division between these two sections is indicated by the
See also:change in the course of the
See also:main stream from a due
See also:westerly to a more south-westerly direction . The main water-parting of the Peninsula is everywhere near the edge of the table-land on the north, east and south, and hence de-
See also:scribes a semicircle with the convexity to the east . Rivers and There are five great rivers in the Peninsula, the Tagus Lakes . (Spanish Tajo, Portuguese Tejo), Douro (Spanish Duero), Ebro, Guadiana and Guadalquivir, all of which rise in Spain . The Ebro alone flows into the Mediterranean, and the Ebro and Guadalquivir alone belong wholly to Spain; the lower courses of the Tagus and Douro are bounded by Portuguese territory; and the lower Guadiana flows partly through Portugal, partly along the frontier . The Tagus rises in the Montes Universales on the borders of
See also:Teruel, and flows in a westerly direction until it enters the
See also:Atlantic below
See also:Lisbon, after a total course of 565 m . The Douro (485 m.) and the Ebro (466 m.) flow respectively south-west to the Atlantic at
See also:Oporto, and south-east to the Mediterranean at Cape
See also:Tortosa, from. their
See also:sources in the great northern
See also:watershed . The Guadiana (510 m.) passes west and south through La Mancha and Andalusia to fall into Cadiz Bay at Ayamonte; and the Guadalquivir (36o m.) takes a similar direction from its headwaters in
See also:Jaen to Sanlucar de Barrameda, where it also enters Cadiz Bay farther south .
These five rivers, as also the smaller Jiicar and
See also:Segura, which enter the Mediterranean, are fully described in separate articles . With the exception of the Guadalquivir, none of them is of great service for inland navigation, so far as they lie within the Spanish frontier . On the other hand, those of the east and south are of great value for irrigation, and the Jiicar and Segura are employed in floating
See also:timber from the Serrania de Cuenca . The only considerable lakes in Spain are three coast lagoons—the Albufera (q.v.) de Valencia, the Mar Menor in Murcia and the
See also:Laguna de la Janda in Cadiz behind Cape
See also:Trafalgar (see MURCIA and CADIZ) . Small alpine and other lakes are numerous, and small
See also:salt lakes are to be found in every steppe region . Geology.—Geologically the Spanish Peninsula consists of a great
See also:massif of
See also:ancient rock, bordered upon the north, east and south by zones of folding in which the Mesozoic and early
See also:Tertiary beds are involved . The massif is composed of Archean, Palaeozoic and eruptive rocks, partly concealed by a covering of Tertiary strata, but characterized by the absence, excepting on its margins, of any marine deposits of Mesozoic age . It stretches from Galicia and
See also:Asturias on the north to the valley of the Guadalquivir on the south, and includes the mountains of Castile, the Sierra de Toledo and the Sierra Morena . The rocks which form it are often strongly folded, but the folding is of ancient date and strikes obliquely across the massif and has had no influence in determining its outline . The massif is in fact merely a fragment of the great Hercynian mountain system which was formed across Europe at the close of the Carboniferous period . During the Mesozoic era this mountain chain was shattered and large portions of it sank beneath the sea and were covered by Mesozoic and Tertiary strata . But other fragments still
See also:rose above the waves, and of these the great massif of Portugal and western Spain was one .
Around it the deposits of the
See also:Jurassic and Cretaceous seas were laid down: and during the Tertiary era they were crushed, together with the earlier Tertiary beds, against the ancient rocks, and thus formed the folded zones of the
See also:Cordillera Betica on the south, the hills of southern Aragon on the east and the Pyrenees on the north . The intervening plains and plateaus are now for the most part covered by Tertiary deposits, which also spread over much of the ancient massif . Archean rocks are exposed in the north of the Peninsula, particularly along the great Pyrenean
See also:axis, in Galicia, Estremadura, the Sierra Morena, the Sierra Nevada and Serrania de Ronda . They consist of granites, gneisses and
See also:schists, with
See also:talc-schists, amphibolites and crystalline limestones . The
See also:oldest Palaeozoic strata are referred, from their included fossils, to the
See also:Cambrian, Ordovician and
See also:Silurian systems . They range through a vast region of Andalusia, Estremadura, Castile, Salamanca, Leon and Asturias, and along the flanks of the Pyrenean and Cantabrian chain . They consist of slates, greywackes, quartzites and diabases . Grits, quartzites, shales and limestones referable to the Devonian system are found in a few scattered areas, the largest and most fossiliferous of these occurring in Asturias . The Lower Carboniferous rocks of Spain consist partly of limestones, and partly of shales, sandstones and conglomerates like the
See also:culm of Devonshire . It is in the culnn of the province of Huelva that the celebrated copper mines of Rio Tinto are worked . The Upper Carboniferous is formed to a large extent of sandstones and shales, with seams of
See also:coal ; but beds of massive limestones are often intercalated, and some of these contain Fusulina and other fossils like those of the
See also:Russian Fusulina limestone . The system is most extensively
See also:developed in the north, covering a considerable space in Asturias, whence it stretches more or less continuously through the provinces of Leon,
See also:Palencia and Santander .
Another tract, about 500 sq. kilometres in extent, runs Siluro-Cambrian Archaean and Metamorphic V• •'' Plutonic Rocks = Volcanic Rocks from the province of Cordova into that ofBadajoz . It is in this area that the important coal deposits of Penarroja are found . There are other smaller areas containing little or no coal, but showing by the included plant-remains that the strata undoubtedly belong to the Carboniferous system . The
See also:Permian is probably represented by some of the red sand-stones, conglomerates and shales in the Pyrenees, in the Serrania de Cuenca, and in Andalusia . The Triassic system is well developed in the north of the peninsula along the Cantabrian chain and east-wards to the Mediterranean . It is composed of red and variegated sandstones,
See also:dolomites and marls, traversed in some places by ophitic rocks, and containing deposits of
See also:aragonite and rock-salt . It thus resembles the Trias of England and Germany . In the south-east, however, and at the mouth of the Ebro, limestones are found containing a
See also:fauna similar to that of the alpine Trias . These strata are overlain by members of the Jurassic series, which are especially conspicuous in the eastern part of the peninsula between Castile and Aragon, along the Mediterranean border, in Andalusia, and likewise along the flanks of the Pyrenees . The Jurassic of Andalusia belongs to the Mediterranean facies of the system; the Jurassic of the
See also:rest of Spain is more nearly allied to that of north-western Europe . The Cretaceous system is distributed in four great districts: the largest of these extends through the kingdoms of Murcia and Valencia; a second stretches between the two Castiles; a third is found in the Basque Provinces and in Asturias; and a fourth spreads out along the southern slopes of the Pyrenees from
See also:Navarre to the Mediterranean . The lower members of the Cretaceous series include an important fresh-water formation (sandstones and
See also:clays), which extends from the Cantabrian coast through the provinces of Santander, Burgos, Soria and Logrono, and is supposed to represent the
See also:Wealden series .
The higher members comprise massive hippurite limestones, and in the Pyrenean
See also:district representatives of the upper subdivisions of the system, including the Danian . Deposits of Tertiary age cover rather more than a third of Spain . They are divisible into two great series, according to their mode of origin in the sea or in fresh-water . The marine Tertiary accumulations commence with those that are referable to the Eocene series, consisting of nummulitic limestones, marls and siliceous sand-stones . These strata are developed in the basin of the Ebro, and in a
See also:belt which extends from Valencia through Murcia and Andalusia to Cadiz . Marine
See also:Miocene deposits occupy some small tracts, especially on the coast of Valencia . But most of the sandy Tertiary rocks of that district are Pliocene . The Tertiary strata of Andalusia are specially noteworthy for containing the native
See also:silver of Herrerias, which is found in a Pliocene
See also:bed in the form of flukes, needles andcrystals . But the most extensive and interesting Tertiary accumulations are those of the great lakes which in Oligocene and Miocene
See also:time spread over so large an expanse of the table-land . These sheets of fresh-water covered the centre of the country, including the basins of the Ebro, Jucar, Guadalaviar, Guadalquivir and Tagus . They have
See also:left behind them thick deposits of clays, marls, gypsum and limestone, in which numerous remains of the land-animals of the time have been preserved .
See also:Quaternary deposits spread over about a tenth of the area of the country .
The largest tract of them is to be seen to the south of the Cantabrian chain; but another, of hardly inferior extent, flanks the Sierra de Guadarrama, and spreads out over the greatplain from Madrid to
See also:Caceres . Some of these alluvial accumulations indicate a former greater extension of the snowfields that are now so restricted in the Spanish sierras . Remains of the
See also:reindeer are found in caves in the Pyrenees . Eruptive rocks of many different ages occur in different parts of Spain . The most important tract covered by them is that which stretches from Cape Ortegal to Coria in Estremadura and spreads over a large area of Portugal . They likewise appear in Castile, forming the sierras of Credos and Guadarrama; farther south they rise in the mountains of Toledo, in the Sierra Morena, and across the provinces of Cordova, Seville, Huelva and Badajoz as far as
See also:Evora in Portugal . Among the minor areas occupied by them may be especially mentioned those which occur in the Trinssic districts . Of rocks included in the eruptive series the most abundant is granite . There occur also
See also:quartz-porphyry (Sierra Morena, Pyrenees, &c.), diorite, porphyrite,
See also:diabase (well developed in the north of Andalusia, where it plays a great part in the structure of the Sierra Morena), ophite (Pyrenees, Cadiz),
See also:serpentine (forming an enormous mass in the Serrania de Ronda),
See also:trachyte, liparite,
See also:basalt . The last four rocks occur as a volcanic series distributed in three chief districts—that of Cape Gata, including the south-east of Andalusia and the south of Murcia, that of Catalonia, and that of La Mancha .
See also:Climate.--In accordance with its southerly position and the variety in its superficial configuration, Spain presents within its borders examples of every kind of climate to be found on the northern hemisphere, with the
See also:sole exception of that of the torrid zone . As regards temperature, the heart of the table-land is characterized by extremes as great as are to be met in almost any part of central Europe .
The northern and north-western maritime provinces, on the other hand, have a climate as equable, and as moist, as that of the west of England orScotland . Four zones of climate are distinguished . The first zone is that of the table-land, with the greater part of the Ebro basin . This is the zone of the greatest extremes of temperature . Even in summer the nights are often decidedly
See also:cold, and on the high parameras it is not a rare thing to see
See also:frost in the
See also:morning . In
See also:spring cold, wetting mists occasionally envelop the land for entire days, while in summer the
See also:sky is often perfectly clear for
See also:weeks together . At all seasons of the
See also:year sudden changes of temperature, to the extent of from 30° to 50° F., are not infrequent . The air is extremely dry, which is all the more keenly
See also:felt from the fact that it is almost constantly in motion . At Madrid (2150 ft. above sea-level) it freezes so hard in
See also:December and
See also:January that
See also:skating is carried on on the
See also:sheet of water in the Buen Retiro; and, as winter throughout Spain, except in the maritime provinces of the north and north-west, is the
See also:season of greatest atmospheric precipitation, snowfalls are frequent, though the snow seldom lies long except at high elevations . The summers, on the other hand, are not only extremely warm but almost rainless, the sea-winds being deprived of their moisture on the edge of the plateau . In
See also:July and,
See also:August the plains of New Castile and Estremadura are sunburnt wastes; the roads are several inches deep with dust; the leaves of the few trees are withered and discoloured; the atmosphere is filled with a fine dust, producing a haze known as calina, which converts the blue of the sky into a dull
See also:grey . In the greater part of the Ebro basin the
See also:heat of summer is even more intense .
The treeless mostly steppe-like valley with abright-coloured
See also:soil acts like a
See also:mirror in reflecting the
See also:sun's rays and, moreover, the mountains and
See also:highlands by which the valley is enclosed prevent to a large extent the access of winds . The second zone is that of the Mediterranean provinces, exclusive of those of the extreme south . In this zone the extremes of temperature are less, though the summers here also are warm, and the winters decidedly cool, especially in the north-east . The southern zone, to which the name of African has been given, embraces the whole of Andalusia as far as the Sierra Morena, the southern half of Murcia and the province of Alicante . In this zone there prevails a genuine sub-tropical climate, with extremely warm and almost rainless summers and mild winters, the temperature hardly ever sinking below freezing-point . The hottest part of the region is not the most southerly district but the bright-coloured
See also:steppes of the coast of Granada, and the plains and hill terraces of the south-east coast from
See also:Almeria to Alicante . Snow and frost are here hardly known . It is said that at Malaga snow falls only about once in twenty-five years . The winter, in fact, is the season of the brightest vegetation: after the long drought of summer the surface gets covered once more in
See also:late autumn with a fresh
See also:green varied with bright-coloured
See also:flowers, and 'so it remains the = Quaternary = Tertiary Cretaceous Jurassic Triassic ® Permian Carboniferous Devonian whole winter through . On the other hand, the eastern part of this zone is the part of Spain which is liable to be visited from time to time by the scorching
See also:leveche, the name given in Spain to the
See also:sirocco, as well as by the solano, a moist and less noxious east
See also:wind . The fourth zone, that of the north and north-west maritime provinces, presents a marked contrast to all the others . The temperature is mild and equable; the rains are abundant all the year round, but fall chiefly in autumn, as in the west of Europe generally .
See also:bloom in the gardens at
See also:Christmas as plentifully as in summer . The chief
See also:drawback of the climate is an excess of
See also:rain in some parts, especially in the west .
See also:Santiago de Compostela, for example, has one of the highest rainfalls on the mainland of Europe (see table below) . The figures given in the following table,' although based only on data of short periods (from 31 to 20 years), will help to illustrate the preceding general remarks .
See also:Greenwich is added for the
See also:sake of comparison . Station . Height Mean Temperature, F . Rain- fall in
See also:Jan . July . Year . in feet . inches .
0 0 0 Table-land zone Leon 2600 37 73 53 19 Madrid . . 2150 41 76 56 15 Southern zone San Fernando 90 52 75 63 30 Malaga 75 54 79 70 Mediterranean Murcia 140 49 79 63 14 zone Mahon — 52 77 64 27 Bilbao 50 46 70 58 46 Northernmarl- Oviedo 66 36 time zone Santiago . 750 43 66 54 66 Greenwich 750 45'5 63 55 25 — 39 50
See also:Flora.—The vegetation of Spain exhibits a variety in keeping with the differences of climate just described . The number of endemic
See also:species is exceptionally large, the number of monotypic genera in the Peninsula greater than in any other part of the Mediterranean domain . The endemic species are naturally most numerous in the mountains, and above all in the loftiest ranges, the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada; but it is a peculiarity of the Spanish table-land, as compared with the plains and table-lands of central Europe, that it also possesses a considerable number of endemic
See also:plants and plants of extremely restricted range . This fact, however, is also in harmony with the physical conditions above described, being explained by the
See also:local varieties, not only of climate, but also of soil . Altogether no other country in Europe of equal extent has so great a
See also:wealth of species as Spain . According to the Prodromus florae hispanicae of Willkomm and
See also:Lange (completed in 1880), the number of species of vascular plants then ascertained to exist in the country was 5096 . Spain may be divided botanically into four provinces, corresponding to the four
See also:climatic zones . In the table-land province (including the greater part of the Ebro valley) the flora is composed chiefly of species characteristic of the Mediterranean region, and largely of species confined to the Peninsula . A peculiar character is imparted to the vegetation of this province by the growth over large tracts of
See also:evergreen shrubs and large herbaceous plants belonging to the Cistineae and Labiatae . Areas covered by the Cistineae are known to the Spaniards as jarales, and are particularly extensive in the Mancha Alta and on the slopes of the Sic-rr .
Morena, where the ladanum
See also:bush (Cistus ladaniferus) is specially abundant; those covered by the Labiatae are known as toniillares (from tomillo,
See also:thyme), and occur chiefly in the south, south-west and east of the table-land of New Castile . In the central parts of the same table-land huge thistles (such as the Onopordum nervosum), centaureas, artemisias and other
See also:Compositae are scattered in great piotusion . From the level parts of these table-lands trees are almost entirely absent . On the lofty parameras of Soria and other parts of Old Castile the vegetation has an almost alpine character . The southern or African province is distinguished chiefly by the abundance of plants which have their true home in North Africa (a fact explained by the geologically
See also:recent land connexion of Spain with that continent), but is also remarkable for the occurrence within it of numerous Eastern plants (natives of
See also:Syria and
See also:Asia Minor), and plants belonging to South Africa and the Canaries, as well as natives of tropical
See also:America which have become naturalized here (see
See also:Agriculture) . In the maritime parts of Malaga and Granada the vegetation is of almost tropical richness and beauty, while in Murcia, Alicante and Almeria the aspect is truly African, fertile oases appearing in the midst of rocky deserts or barren steppes . A peculiar vegetation, consisting mainly of low shrubs with fleshy glaucous leaves (Inule crithmoides, &c.), covers the swamps of the Guadalquivir and the salt-marshes of the south-west coast . Every-where on moist sandy ground are to be seen tall thickets of Arundo donax . The Mediterranean province is that in which the vegetation agrees most closely with that of southern France and the lowlands i By conversion from Th . Fischer's Klima der Mitielmeerlander.of the Mediterranean region generally . On the lower slopes of the mountains and on all the parts left uncultivated the prevailing form of vegetation consists of a dense growth of shrubs with thick leathery leaves, such as are known to the French as maquis, to the Italians as macchie, and to the Spaniards as
See also:monte bajo,2 shrubs which, how-ever much they resemble each other in
See also:external appearance, belong botanically to a great variety of families . The northern maritime province, in accordance with its climate, has a vegetation resembling that of central Europe .
Here only are to be found rich grassy meadows covered with flowers such as are seen in English
See also:fields, and here only do forests of oak,
See also:beech and
See also:chestnut cover a large proportion of the area . The extraordinary abundance of ferns (as in western France) is likewise characteristic . The forest area of Spain is relatively small . The whole extent of forests is estimated at little more than 71 million acres, or less than 6 % of the area of the kingdom . Evergreen oaks, chestnuts and conifers are the prevailing trees . The cork oaks of the southern provinces and of Catalonia are of immense value, but the groves have suffered greatly from the reckless way in which the produce is collected . Among other characteristic trees are the Spanish
See also:pine (Pinus hispanica), the Corsican pine (P . L,sricio), the Pinsapo
See also:fir (Abies Pinsapo), and the Quercus Tozza, the last belonging to the slopes of the Sierra Nevada . Besides the date-palm the dwarf-palm grows spontaneously in some parts of the south, but it nowhere makes up a large
See also:element of the vegetation . The Spanish steppes deserve a
See also:notice, since they are not confined to one of the four botanical provinces, but are found in all of them except the last . Six considerable steppe regions are counted: (1) that of Old Castile, situated to the south of Valladolid, and composed chiefly of hills of gypsum; (2) that of New Castile, in the south-east (including parts of La Mancha) ; (3) the Aragonese, occupying the upper part of the basin of the Ebro; (4) the littoral, stretching along the south-east coast from Alicante to the neighbour-
See also:hood of Almeria; (5) the Granadine, in the east of upper Andalusia (the former kingdom of Granada) ; and (6) the Baetic, in Lower Andalusia, on both sides of the valley of the Jenil or Genii . All of these were originally salt-steppes, and, where the soil is still highly impregnated with salt, have only a sparse covering of shrubs, mostly members of the Salsolaceae, with thick, greyish green, often downy leaves .
A different aspect is presented by the grass steppes of Murcia, La Mancha, the plateaus of
See also:Guadix and Huescar in the province of Granada, &c., all of which are covered chiefly with the valuable
See also:esparto grass (Macrochloa tenacissima) . Fauna.—The Iberian Peninsula belongs to the Mediterranean sub-region of the Palaearctic region of the animal kingdom . The forms that betray African
See also:affinities are naturally to be found chiefly in the south . Among the mammals that fall under this
See also:head are the
See also:genet (Genetta vulgaris), which extends, however,
See also:pretty far north, and is found also in the south of France, the
See also:deer, the porcupine (very rare), and a species of
See also:ichneumon (Herpestes Widdringtonii), which is confined to the Peninsula, and is the only
See also:European species of this African genus . The magot or
See also:ape (Inuus ecaudatus), the sole species of
See also:monkey still found wild in Europe, is also a native of Spain, but only survives on the rock of Gibraltar (q.v.) . Of the mammals in which Spain shows more
See also:affinity to the fauna of central and northern Europe, some of the most characteristic are the Spanish lynx (Lynx pardinus), a species confined to the Peninsula, the Spanish hare (Lepus madritensis), and the species mentioned in the article PYRENEES . The birds of Spain are very numerous, partly because the Peninsula lies in the route of those birds of passage which
See also:cross from Africa to Europe or Europe to Africa by way of the Straits of Gibraltar . Many species belonging to central Europe winter in Spain. especially on the south-eastern coasts and in the valley of the Guadalquivir . Innumerable snipe are killed in the Guadalquivir valley and brought to the market of Seville . Among the birds of
See also:prey may be mentioned, besides the cinereous and bearded vultures, the Spanish
See also:vulture( Gyps occidentalis), the African or
See also:Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), which is found among all the mountains of the Peninsula, the Spanish imperial eagle (Aquila Adalberti), the short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus), the southern eagle-
See also:owl (Bubo atheniensis), and various kites and falcons . Among gallinaceous birds besides the red-legged
See also:partridge, which is met with everywhere on the steppes, there are found also the Pterocles alchita and P. arenarius ; and among the birds of other orders are the southern
See also:shrike (Lanius meridionalis), the Spanish sparrow (Passer cyaneus), and, the blue
See also:magpie (Cyanopica cooki) . The last is highly remarkable on account of its distribution, it being confined to Spain while the species most closely allied to it (Cyanopica cyanea) belongs to the east of Asia .
Theflamingo is found native in the Balearic Islands and on the southern coasts, and a 'stray specimen is occasionally seen on the table-land of New Castile . Other birds peculiar to the south are two species of quails, the Andalusian hemipode (Turnix sylvatica), confined to the plains of Andalusia, the southern
See also:shearwater (Puffinus cinereus), and other water-birds . Amphibians and
See also:reptiles are particularly numerous in the southern provinces, and among these the most remarkable are the large southern or eyed
See also:lizard (Lacerta 2 As distinguished from monte
See also:alto, the collective name for forest trees . Provinces . Area in Po 18 Pop . , 1887 . Pop., 1900 . Pop . s m . P 57• s m., q . 1900 . New Castile .
. 27,935 1,477,915 1,778,155 1,923,310 6o.8 Madrid . . . . 3,084 475,785 683,484 775,034 251.3
See also:Guadalajara . . . 4,676 199,088 205,040 200,186 42.8 Toledo . . . 5,919 328,755 356,398 376,814 63'6 Cuenca 6,636 229,959 246,091 249,696 37.6
See also:Ciudad Real . . . 7,620 244,328 287,142 321,580 42.2 Old Castile . . . . 25,372 1,609,948 1,744,301 1,785,403 70.3 Burgos . . .
. 5,480 333,356 342,988 338,828 61.8 Logrono . . . . 1,946 173,812 183,430 189,376 97'3 S . . . 2,108 214,441 249,116 276,003 130.9 Avila .antand.er . . . 3,042 164,039 195,321 200,457 65.9 Segovia . . . . 2,635 146,839 155,927 159,243 60'4 Soria . . . . 3,983 147,468 157,008 150,462 37.7 Palencia . . .
. 3,256 185,970 189,349 192,473 59.1 Valladolid . . . 2,922 244,023 271,162 278,561 95'3 Asturias . . . . 4,205 524,529 615,844 627,069 149'I Oviedo . . . 4,205 524,529 615,844 627,069 149.1 Leon 14,862 861,434 984,711 982,393 66.1 Salamanca 4,829 263,516 320,588 320,765 66.4
See also:Zamora 4,097 249,162 274,890 275,545 67.2 Leon 5,936 348,756 389,233 386,083 65.0, Estremadura 16,118 707,115 808,685 882,410 54'7 Badajoz 8,451 404,981 476,273 520,246 61.6 Caceres . . . . 7,667 302,134 332,412 362,164 47.2 Galicia . 11,254 1,776,879 1,967,239 1,980,515 175.8 Corunna (Coruna) 3,051 551,989 635,327 653,556 214'2
See also:Lugo 3,814 424,186 438,076 463,386 122.0
See also:Orense 2,694 371,818 415,237 404,311 150.1 Pontevedra . . 1,695 428,886 478,599 457,262 269.8 Andalusia (Andalucia) . 33,777 2,937,183 3,393,681 3,562,606 105'4 Almeria .
. . 3,360 315,664 345,929 359,013 106.8 Granada . . . 4,928 444,629 482,787 492,460 99.9 Malaga . . . 2,812 451,406 523,915 511,989 182.1 Cordova . . . . 5,299 351,536 413,883 455,859 85'8 Jaen . 5,203 345,879 428,152 474,490 91'2 Cadiz (with Ceuta) . 2,834 390,192 423,261 452,659 159'7 Seville . . . . 5,428 463,486 535,687 555,256 100.4 Huelva .
. . . 3,913 174,391 240,067 260,880 66.6 Valencia 8,830 1,246,485 1,461,453 1,587,533 179.7 Castellon de la Plana 2,495 260,919 292,952 310,828 124.5 Valencia 4,150 606,608 730,916 806,556 194'3 Alicante 2,185 378,958 437,685 470,149 215'1 Murcia 10,190 582,087 720,843 815,864 80.o
See also:Albacete 5,737 201,118 231,073 237,877 41'3 Murcia . . . . 4,453 380,969 489,770 577,987 129.8 Catalonia . . . . 12,427 1,652,291 1,836,139 1,966,382 158.2
See also:Lerida . . 4,690 306,994 296,609 274,590 58'5
See also:Gerona . . . . 2,264 310,970 311,153 299,287 132.2
See also:Barcelona . . . 2,968 713,734 879,771 1,054,541 355'3 Tarragona . . .
2,505 320,593 348,606 337,964 134'9 Aragon 18,294 880,643 922,554 912,711 49.8Huesca . . . 5,848 257,839 260,585 244,867 41'8 Saragossa . . 6,7z6 384,176 415,152 421,843 62.7 Teruel . . . . 5,720 238,628 246,817 .246,001 43.0 Navarre (Navarra) . 4,055 297,422 307,994 307,669 75.8 Navarre . . 4,055 297,422 307,994 307,669 75.8 Basque Provinces . 2,739 413,470 510,194 603,596 220'3 Biscay (Vizcaya) 836 160,579 234,880 311,361 372.4
See also:Guipuzcoa . . . 728 156,493 181,149 195,850 269.0 Alava . . .
. 1,175 96,398 94,165 96,385 82.0 Balearic Islands . . 1,935 262,893 313,480 311,649 161.1 Canary Islands . . 2,807 234,046 301,963 358,564 127.5 194,700 15,464,340 117,667,256 118,618,086 ~ 95.6 ocellata), which sometimes attains 3 f t. in length and is very abundant; the Platydactylus saccicularis, the greyamphisbaena (Blanuscinereus), the European pond-
See also:tortoise (Emys europaea), and another species, Emys Siegrizii .
See also:life is remarkably abundant and varied . More than 350 species of butterflies, many of them endemic, have been counted in the province of Madrid alone . Besides the ordinary European
See also:scorpion, which is general in southern Europe, there is another species, the sting of which is said to be still more severe, found chiefly in the basin of the Ebro .
See also:Trout abound in the mountain streams and lakes,
See also:barbel and many other species of Cyprinidae in the rivers of the plains . For the sea fauna, see under
See also:Fisheries below . Territorial Divisions and Population.-For administrative purposes the kingdom of Spain has since 1833 been divided into forty-nine provinces, forty-seven of which belong to the mainland . Before 1833 the mainland was divided into thirteen provinces, also enumerated below, which took their names from the ancient kingdoms and principalities out of which the
See also:modern kingdom was built up . All the continental provinces, ancient and modern, as also the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Annobon, Ceuta, Corisco, the Chaffarinas, Fernando Po, the Muni River Settlements and Rio de Oro are described in separate articles . It is probable that the population of Spain attained its height during the early
See also:Empire, when it has been estimated, though of course on imperfect data, to have numbered forty or fifty millions .
The bestevidence of a dense population in those days is that afforded by the specific estimates of ancient writers for some of the larger cities . The population of Tarraco (Tarragona) was estimated at 22 millions, and those of Nova Carthago (Cartagena), Italica (Sevilla la Vieja), and other cities at several hundreds of thousands . Emerita
See also:Augusta (Merida) had a Roman garrison of 90,000 men, which also implies a large population . The first Spanish
See also:census was made in 1594, but some of the provinces now included in the kingdom were not embraced in the enumeration, so that the total population assigned to Spain within its
See also:present limits for that date is obtained by adding the results of enumerations at different
See also:dates in the provinces then excluded . The total thus arrived at is 8,206,791 . No other census took place till 1787, when the total was found to be ro,268,150; and this census was followed by another in 1797, when the population was returned as io,541,221 . Various estimates were made within the next sixty years, but the census of 18J7 proved that some of these estimates must have been greatly below the truth . The total population then ascertained to exist in Spain was 15,464,340, an increase of not much less than 50% since the census of 1797 . Between 1857 and 1877 the population increased to 16,631,869; and by 1897 it had risen to 18,132,475 . The
See also:rate of increase during this period of forty years was less than *45%, or lower than that of any other European state, except France in the later years of the 19th century . The census of 1900, however, showed that the annual rate of increase had risen, between 189 and 1900, to -89%, or nearly
See also:double its formes amount . This fact may be explained partly by the growth of
See also:mining and certain other
See also:industries, partly, perhaps, by the recuperative power which the Spanish
See also:people has always Total exhibited after war-the most notable instance Area and Population of the Former and Present Provinces .
of which is the above-mentioned
See also:net increase of nearly 50% between 1797 and 1857, despite the
See also:Napoleonic invasion and other disastrous
See also:wars . A similar though much smaller acceleration in the annual rate of increase after the Carlist Wars of 1874-76 is largely attributable to the prosperity caused by railway development between 1877 and 1887 . It would be unjustifiable to assume from the inadequate data available that the Spanish people retains the vitality which characterized it from 1797 to 1857 . It is, however, clear from the census returns that at the beginning of the loth century, the nation was well able to make
See also:good the numerical losses and the French
See also:Chambers . Seventy per cent. of the railways of Spain, involved by a serious war; that its numbers tend to increase steadily; and that the rate of increase has hitherto shown a marked acceleration in periods of commercial expansion . The estimated area and population of the Spanish possessions in Africa, exclusive of Ceuta, are shown below: Area in sq. m . Pop . Rio de Oro 70,000 130,000 Muni River Settlements . 9,800 140,000 Fernando Po, Annobon, Corisco, &c . . 800 22,000 Melilla, Ifni, &c 40 15,000 Totals . . . 80,640 307,000 Its extraordinary lack of population differentiates Spain from every other country possessed of equal natural advantages and an historic
See also:civilization .
Spain occupies an unsurpassed geographical position; its resources are rich, varied and to some extent unexploited; its inhabitants include the
See also:Basques and Catalans, noted for their commercial enterprise, and the Galicians, noted for their
See also:industry . Nevertheless this country, which appears, more than 2000 years ago, to have supported a population nearly thrice as numerous as its present inhabitants and larger than that of the United Kingdom in 1901, is almost as thinly peopled as the most deserted province of
See also:Ireland (Connaught 94.5 inhabitants per sq. m.) . The depopulation of Spain dates certainly from the Moorish
See also:con-quest, possibly from the earlier Visigothic invasion . The Moors decimated the native population; when they in turn were expelled, the country lost not only a numerically large section of its inhabitants, but the section best able to develop its natural wealth . The wars of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and the vast potentialities of
See also:fortune which drew men to the Spanish colonies in America, caused a further serious drain upon the population . As regards the distribution of population between
See also:town and country, Spain contrasts in a marked manner with Italy, Spain having but few large towns and a relatively large country population . Communications.—T he communications in Spain were greatly improved during the 19th century . In 1808 there were little more than 500 m. of carriage roads; in 1908 the aggregate length of the state, provincial and municipal roads was about 40,000 M . But there are still many parts of the country where trade—and especially mining—is retarded by the want of good roads . In the mountainous districts, where there are only narrow paths, frequently rather steep, it is still not uncommon to meet long trains of
See also:pack-mules, which, with ox-carts for heavier goods, constitute the sole means of transport in such regions . Railways have made great advance since the middle of the 19th century . The oldest line is that from Barcelona to
See also:Mataro, 171 m., which was opened on the 28th of
See also:October 1848 .
From 1850 onwards the rate of construction increased apace, and during the last
See also:decade of the 19th century about 205 m. were opened to
See also:traffic every year . In January 1910, 9020 M. had been completed, and the whole kingdom was covered by a network of railways which linked together all the principal towns . The Spanish railway system at this time communicated with the French at
See also:Irun and Portbou, west and east respectively of the Pyrenees; and with the Portuguese at or near
See also:Tuy on the northern frontier of Portugal, and near La Fregeneda, Ciudad Rodrigo, Valencia de
See also:Alcantara and Badajoz on the E . All the Spanish railways belong to private companies, most of which have received state subventions, and they will fall in to the
See also:government mostly at the end of 99 years . In granting a concession for a new railway the practice is to give it to the
See also:company that offers to construct it with the lowest subvention . For strategical reasons the Spanish
See also:gauge was made different from that of France; and military considerations long postponed the construction of any railway across the Pyrenees . The roads which wind through the Pyrenees in northern Aragon, Navarre and Catalonia had long been the channels of an important traffic, although great inconvenience was caused by the snow which blocks the passes in winter . In 1882 the French and Spanish governments proposed to overcome this obstacle by constructing two railways: one from Huesca to Oloron, through the Canfranc Pass, and through an
See also:international tunnel which was to be built at Somport; the other from the
See also:Ariege railway system to the Spanish northern system in the province of Lerida . The first line was completed on the Spanish side as far as
See also:Jaca, the second was only surveyed; both were opposed by the ministries of war in the two countries concerned . The
See also:matter was taken up at the beginning of the 20th century by M .
See also:Delcasse, the French
See also:minister for
See also:foreign affairs, and on the 18th of August 1904 a
See also:convention was signed providing for the construction of (1) the Huesca-Oloron line, (2) a line from Ax
See also:les Thermes in the Ariege to Ripoll in Catalonia, (3) a line from St Girons in the Ariege to Sort, and thence to Lerida . The Spanish government agreed to finish the Lerida-Sort section by 1915, and the Noguera Pallaresa valley was chosen as the route from Sort to the frontier, where junction with the French railways would be effected through the
See also:Port de Salau .
All three schemes were ratified in 1904 by the Cortesand an even larger proportion of the tramways and narrow-gauge railways, especially in mining districts, have been constructed and worked with foreigncapital . The postal and telegraphic services have been placed on the same footing as in other civilized countries . In 1907 the number of letters and
See also:cards carried in the inland service was 133,201,000, in the international service 44,219,000 . The length of state telegraph lines increased from 6665 m. in 1883 to 20,575 M. in 1903 . In 1907 there were 84 urban telephone systems and 71 inter-urban circuits . Agriculture.—Agriculture is by far the most important Spanish industry . In general it is in a backward
See also:condition, and is now much less productive than in the time of the Romans and again under the Moors . The expulsion of the latter people in many places inflicted upon agriculture a
See also:blow from which it has not recovered to this
See also:day . Aragon and Estremadura, the two most thinly peopled of all the old provinces, and the eastern half of Andalusia (above Seville), have all suffered particularly in this manner, later occupiers never having been able to
See also:rival the Moors in overcoming the sterility of nature, as in Aragon, or in taking
See also:advantage of its fertility, as in Andalusia and the Tierra de
See also:Barros . In some districts the implements used are still of the rudest description . The plough is merely a pointed stick shod with iron, crossed by another stick which serves as a
See also:share, scratching the ground to the
See also:depth of a few inches . But the
See also:regular importation of agricultural implements betokens an improvement in this respect .
In general there has been consider-able improvement in the condition of agriculture since the introduction of railways, and in 9very province there is a royal
See also:commissioner entrusted with the
See also:duty of supervising and encouraging this branch of industry . Among other institutions for the promotion of agriculture the royal central school at Aranjuez, to which is attached a
See also:farm, is of special importance . Of the soil of Spain 79.65 % is classed as productive; 33.8 % being devoted to agriculture and gardens, 20.8 to fruit, 19.7 to grass, 3.7 to vineyards and 1.6 to olives . The land is subdivided among a very large number of proprietors ; over 3,400,000 farms or estates were assessed for
See also:taxation in 1905 . The provinces in which agriculture is most advanced are those of Valencia and Catalonia, in both of which the river valleys are thickly seamed with irrigation canals and the hill-slopes carefully terraced for cultivation . In neither province is the soil naturally fertile, and nothing but the untiring industry of the inhabitants, favoured by the rivers which
See also:traverse the province from the table-land of New Castile and the numerous small streams (nacimientos) that issue from the base of the limestone mountains and by the numerous torrents from the Pyrenees, has converted them into two of the most productive regions in Spain . In the Basque Provinces and in Galicia the cultivable area is quite as fully utilized, but in these the difficulties are not so great . The least productive tracts, apart from Aragon and Estremadura, are situated in the south and east of New Castile, in Murcia, and in Lower Andalusia—the marshes or marismas of the lower Guadalquivir and the arenas gordas between that river and the Rio Tinto . By far the greater part of the table-land, however, is anything but fertile, the principal exceptions being the Tierra de Campos, said to be the chief corn-growing district in Spain, occupying the greater part of Palencia in the north-west of Old Castile, and the Tierra de Barros, in the portion of Badajoz lying to the south of the Guadiana in Estremadura . Except in Leon and the provinces bordering on the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic, irrigation is almost everywhere necessary for cultivation, at least in the case of certain crops . Almost all kinds of vegetables and
See also:garden-fruits, oranges,
See also:hemp and other products are generally grown solely or mainly on irrigated land, whereas most kinds of
See also:grain, vines and olives are cultivated chiefly on dry soil . The water used for irrigation is sometimes derived from springs and rivers in mountain valleys, whence it is conveyed by long canals (acequias) along the mountain sides and sometimes by lofty aqueducts to the fields on which it is to be used .
Sometimes the water of entire rivers or vast artificial reservoirs (pdntanos) is used in feeding a dense network of canals distributed over plains many square miles in extent . Such plains in Valencia and Murcia are known by the Spanish name of huertas (gardens), in Andalusia by the Arabic name of vegas, which has the same meaning . Many of the old irrigation works—such as those of the plain of Tarragona—date from the time of the Romans, and many others from the Moorish period, while new ones are still being laid out at the present day . Where no
See also:running water is available for irrigation, water is often obtained from
See also:wells by means of waterwheels (norias) of
See also:simple construction . In most cases such wheels merely have earthenware pitchers attached to their circumference by means of wisps of esparto, and are turned by a
See also:horse harnessed to a long
See also:arm fitted to a revolving
See also:shaft . In recent years many artesian wells have been sunk for irrigation . In all, about 9 % of the entire surface of Spain is artificially watered, but in 1900 the government adopted plans for the construction of new canals and reservoirs on a vast scale . The system was designed to bring a greatly increased area of arid or semi-arid land under irrigation . The irrigated portions of the Ebro and Tagus valleys yield twelve times as large a
See also:crop per acre as the unirrigated . Cereals constitute the principal
See also:object of cultivation, and among these wheat ranks first, the next in importance being
See also:barley, the chief
See also:fodder of horses and mules . Both of these grains are cultivated in all parts, but chiefly on the more level districts of the two Castiles Grain, and Leon, and on the plains of the Guadalquivir basin . Oats and
See also:rye are cultivated only in the higher parts of the mountains, the former as a substitute for barley in feeding horses and mules, the latter as a breadstuff .
See also:Maize also is cultivated in all the provinces; nevertheless, its cultivation is limited, since, being a summer crop, it requires irrigation except in the Atlantic provinces, and other products generally yield a more profitable return where irrigation is pursued . Rice is cultivated on a large scale only in the swampy lowlands of Valencia . Among cereals of less importance are
See also:buckwheat (in the mountainous regions of the north), millets, including both the common
See also:millet (Panicum miliaceum) and the so-called
See also:Indian millet (
See also:Sorghum vulgare, the joari of India, the durrah of Africa), and even (in La Mancha) guinea-corn (Penicillaria spicata) . Among the natural products of the soil of Spain, in regard to quantity, wines come next to cereals, but the only wines which have Wines. a
See also:world-wide reputation are those of the south, those of Alicante, of Malaga, and more particularly those which take the name of "
See also:sherry," from the town of Jerez, in the neighbourhood of which they are grown (see
See also:WINE) . From 1880 to 1890 when the French vineyards suffered so much from various plagues. and when Spain gave a great impetus to her foreign
See also:trade by numerous
See also:treaties of commerce, none of her products showed such an increase in exports as her wines . The
See also:vine-growing districts had formerly been mostly in the provinces of Cadiz, Malaga, Barcelona, Aragon and Navarre . Then the vineyards spread all along the Ebro valley and in the Mediterranean seaboard provinces, as well as in New and Old Castile and Estremadura to such an extent that wine is now produced in all the 49 provinces of the kingdom . The average result of the vintage was estimated between 440 and 500 million gallons in 1880 to 1884, and it rose to more than double that amount towards 1890, and amounted in 1898 to 88o million gallons . In that year the total area under the vine was 3,546,375 acres, in 1908 it was 3,136,470 acres . In the hey-day of the cultivation of the vine Spain sent the bulk of her wine exports to France . The imposition of high duties in France on foreign wines in 1891 dealt a severe blow to the export trade in common Spanish wines . The export of wines of the south—Jerez, Malaga and other full-bodied wines styled generoso—did not suffer so much, and England and France continued to take much the same quantities of such wines .
There is also a large export of grapes and raisins, especially from Malaga, Valencia, Almeria and Alicante . The Spanish vines have suffered, like those of France, from
See also:mildew and phylloxera . The latter has done most damage in the provinces of Malaga and Alicante, in Catalonia. and in some parts of the Ebro valley in Navarre and Aragon . The vines whose fruit is intended for table use as grapes or raisins are trained on espaliers or on trees, especially the nettle-
See also:tree (Celtis australis) . Among fruit-trees the first place belongs to the olive . Its range in Spain embraces the whole of the southern half of the table-land, Fruit. the greater part of the Ebro valley, and a small strip on the west coast of Galicia . Along the base of the Sierra Morena from
See also:Andujar to the vicinity of Cordova there run regular forests of olives, embracing hundreds of square miles . Cordova is the headquarters of the oil industry, Seville of the cultivation of olives for table use . In 1908 the yield of oil amounted to 36,337,893 gallons . Oranges and lemons, excluded from the plateau by the severity of the winter cold, are grown in great quantities on the plains of Andalusia and all round the Mediterranean coast; the peel of the bigarade or bitter orange is exported to
See also:Holland for the manufacture of curagao; and
See also:figs, almonds, pomegranates, carobs and other southern fruits are also grown abundantly in all the warmer parts, the first two even in central Spain and the more sheltered parts of the northern maritime provinces . In these last, however, the prevailing fruit-trees are those of central Europe, and above all the
See also:apple, which is very extensively cultivated in Asturias, the Basque Provinces and Navarre . In these provinces large quantities of
See also:cider are brewed .
The date-palm is very general in the south-eastern half of the kingdom, but is cultivated for its fruit only in the province of Alicante, in which is the celebrated date-
See also:grove of
See also:Elche (q.v.) . In the southern provinces flourish also various sub-tropical exotics, such as the
See also:banana, the West Indian cherimoya, and the prickly
See also:pear or Indian fig (
See also:Opuntia vulgaris), the last frequently grown as a hedge-plant, as in other Mediterranean countries, and extending even to the southern part of the table-land . It is specially abundant on the Balearic Islands . The
See also:agave or
See also:aloe is cultivated in a similar manner throughout Andalusia .
See also:Cotton is now cultivated only here and there in the south; but
See also:cane is, with sugar-
See also:beet, becoming more and more of a
See also:staple Sugar. in the provinces of Granada, Malaga and Almeria . Its cultivation was introduced by the
See also:Arabs in the 12th century or later, and was of great importance in the kingdom of Granada at the time of the expulsion of the Moors (1489), but has since undergone great vicissitudes, first in consequence of the introduction of the cane into America, and afterwards because of the great development of beet-sugar in central Europe . The industry received a powerful stimulus from the loss of the Spanish colonies in 1898, which freed the Spanish growers from the rivalry of theirmost successful competitors in the home market . In 1901 the official
See also:statistics showed 22 cane-sugar factories and 47 beet-sugar factories with an annual output of about 100,000 tons . In the production of pod-fruits and
See also:kitchen vegetables Spain is ahead of many other countries . The chick-
See also:pea forms part of the daily
See also:food of all classes of the inhabitants; and among vegetables. other pod-fruits largely cultivated are various kinds of beans and peas, lentils (Ervum
See also:lens), Spanish lentils (Lathyrus sativus) and other species of Lathyrus, lupines, &c . The principal fodder-crops are lucerne (Medicago saliva) and esparcette (a variety of
See also:sainfoin) .
See also:Clover, particularly
See also:crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum), is grown in the northern provinces .
See also:garlic and onions take the chief place, and form an indispensable part of the
See also:diet of all Spaniards; besides these, tomatoes and Spanish pepper are the principal garden crops . Among the
See also:vegetable products not yet mentioned the most important are the mulberry, grown in almost all provinces, but principally in those bordering on the Mediterranean, and above all in Valencia, the chief seat of the Spanish
See also:silk production and manufacture;
See also:tobacco, which is also imported, hemp and
See also:flax, grown chiefly in Galicia and other northern provinces; among dye-plants,
See also:woad (Isatis tinctoria), and wild woad or dyer's
See also:weed (Reseda luteola) ; ground-nuts (Arachis hypogaea), grown for their oil, for the preparation of which the nuts are exported in considerable quantity to France;
See also:liquorice, cummin,
See also:colocynth, &c . Esparto, chiefly from the arid lands of the south-east, is largely exported to Great Britain . Despite all the efforts of the breeders and of the government, a decline has gone on not only in horse-rearing, but also in other classes of livestock since 1865 . Among the causes Livestock. assigned for this decay is the fact that horse,
See also:goat and
See also:swine rearing is becoming less remunerative . Heavy taxation, aggravated by unequal distribution of the
See also:burden, owing to insufficient survey of the assessable
See also:property, has also contributed to the decline of this and other branches of Spanish farming . The only animals belonging to Spain still noted for their excellence are mules and asses, which are recognized as among the best to be found anywhere . Goats are mostly bred in the mountainous districts all along the Spanish side of the Pyrenees froth Biscay to Catalonia, and in Badajoz, Caceres, Ciudad Real, Granada and Leon; swine in Badajoz, Lugo, Oviedo, Caceres and Corunna . The pork and hams of Estremadura are famous; goats' milk and
See also:cheese are important articles of diet . In some districts a single
See also:peasant often owns as many as 3000 head of goats . Besides the
See also:cattle reared for
See also:field-labour and (in the northern provinces) for regular
See also:dairy farming, bulls for bull-fighting are specially reared in many parts of the country, particularly in the forests of Navarre, the mountains separating the two Castiles, the Sierra Morena, and the Serrania de Ronda in Granada, and also in separate enclosures on the islands of the Guadalquivir . Spanish sheep, which once formed so important a part of the
See also:national wealth, are far from having the same importance at the present
See also:clay .
The most famous breeds of Spanish sheep are the merinos or migrating sheep, which once brought immense revenues to the state as well as to the large proprietors to whom they mostly belonged (see
See also:MERINO) . These sheep are pastured in different districts in summer and winter . Their winter quarters are in the lower parts of Leon and Estremadura, La Mancha, and the lowlands of Andalusia, their summer quarters the more mountainous districts to the east and north (Plasencia in the province of Caceres, Avila, Segovia, Cuenca, Valencia), which are not so much affected by the summer droughts of the Peninsula . The mode of the
See also:migration and the routes to be followed are pre-scribed by
See also:law . Each
See also:flock consists of about Io,000 sheep, under the command of a mayoral, and is divided into sections containing about woo each, each section tinder the
See also:charge of an overseer (capataz), who is assisted by a number of shepherds (pastores) attended by
See also:dogs . The shepherds, rudely clad in a sleeveless sheepskin jacket, the wool outside, and
See also:leather breeches, and loosely wrapped in a woollen
See also:mantle or blanket, are among the most striking
See also:objects in a Spanish landscape, especially on the table-land . The migration to the summer quarters takes place at the beginning of
See also:April, the return at the end of
See also:September . At one time the owners of merino flocks enjoyed the right of pasturing their sheep during their migrations on a strip of ground about Too yds. in breadth bordering the routes along which the migrations took place, but this right (the mesta, as it was called) was abolished in 1836 as prejudicial to cultivation . The numbers of the merinos have been greatly reduced, and they have been replaced by coarse-woolled breeds . Fisheries.—The catching of tunnies, sardines, anchovies and salmon on the coasts employs large numbers of fishermen (about 67,000 in 1910), and the salting, smoking and packing of the first three give employment to many others . In 1910 there were about 400 sardine-curing establishments in the kingdom . Minerals.—The
See also:mineral resources of Spain are as yet far from being adequately turned to account .
No European country produces so great a variety of minerals in large amount, and in the production of copper ore, lead ore andmercury Spain heads the
See also:list . In the production of salt and silver it is excelled only by
See also:Austria-Hungary, and, as regards silver, not always even by it . Iron ore is chiefly obtained in Biscay and Murcia, the former yielding by far the greater quantity, but the latter yielding the better quality . All except a small fraction of the copper ore is obtained from the province of Huelva, in which lie the well-known mines of Tharsis and Rio Tinto (q.v.) . The lead ore is obtained chiefly in Murcia and Jae', . The famous mines of
See also:Linares belong to the latter province . Argentiferoe.s lead is chiefly produced in Almeria, which also produces most of the silver ore of other kinds except argentiferous copper ore, which is entirely obtained from Ciudad Real . The still more celebrated mercury mines of
See also:Almaden (q.v.), the richest in the world till the
See also:discovery of the Californian mines of New Almaden, belong to Ciudad Real, and this province, together with that of Oviedo, furnishes the whole of the Spanish production of this mineral . Spanish salt is partly marine, partly derived from brine-springs and partly from rock-salt, of which last there is an entire mountain at
See also:Cardona (q.v.) in Barcelona . Coal is chiefly obtained in Oviedo, Palencia and Cordova . Tile production is quite insignificant compared with the extent of the coal-bearing beds, which are estimated to cover an area of about 350o sq.* m., of which nearly a third belongs to Oviedo . Among the less important Spanish minerals are
See also:manganese (chiefly in Ciudad Real), antimony, gold,
See also:cobalt, sodic sulphate, sulphate of barium (
See also:phosphorite (found in Caceres),
See also:asphalt, besides a variety of
See also:building and ornamental stones .
In 1905 the workmen employed on mines in Spain numbered 105,000, and the total value of the output was estimated at £7,734,805 . By the law of the 6th of July 1859, a large number of important mines, including all the salt-
See also:works and rock-salt mines, were reserved as state property, but
See also:financial necessities compelled the government to surrender one mine after another, so that at present the state possesses only the mercury mines and some salt-works . Many of the mines have been granted to foreign (principally British) companies . Manufactures.—The maritime provinces, being those most favour-ably situated for the import of coal, and, where necessary, of raw material, are the chief seats of Spanish manufactures . The principal manufacture is that of cotton . The exports of Spanish cotton goods were, until the close of the 19th century, hardly worth mentioning outside the colonial markets, which took an average of two millions sterling in the decade 1888-1898 . This outlet is now almost closed, as the new masters of Cuba, Porto Rico and the Philippines no longer protect Spanish imports against European and American competitors . But this loss has been to a great extent compensated by the expansion of the home market for cotton, and the Spanish manufacturers are unable to meet the wants of the population, large quantities of cotton goods being imported every year . The cotton industry was long principally centred in Catalonia, and mainly in the province and town of Barcelona, famed' also for their manufactures of
See also:lace, woollen and
See also:linen goods . The northern provinces, especially Guip6zcoa and Biscay, Navarre and Oviedo, have followed in the
See also:wake of Catalonia for linen and cotton industries and for paper-mills . Flax-
See also:spinning is confined to Galicia . The silk industry, though inadequate to meet the home demands, is active in Valencia, Murcia and Seville .
See also:Metal industries, at first limited to the Basque Provinces, particularly around Bilbao, have spread to Asturias, Almeria, Galicia, near the great ore beds and in the vicinity of many coal mines . In the same Asturian districts the government has its foundries and factories for making arms at La Trubia and Oviedo, Toledo being only now famous for its
See also:blades and decorative
See also:work, while the foundries at Seville and Segovia are unimportant compared with those of Asturias . The manufacture of leather, another Spanish industry of old renown, is still extensively carried on in Catalonia and elsewhere, but the making of cordwain has long ceased to be a speciality of Cordova, from which it takes its name . Gloves are made in Seville and Madrid, shoes in the Balearic Isles, chiefly for Cuba and Porto Rico . The esparto is
See also:twisted into cords and
See also:ropes and the staple
See also:matting so common on the floors of Spanish houses of all classes, the estera .
See also:chocolate and cork manufactures are among the prosperous industries . The same may be said of
See also:charcoal, both for
See also:heating and
See also:mechanical purposes . The large furnaces for the
See also:distillation of mercury at Almaden were at one time heated solely with charcoal obtained from the Cistus ladaniferus . The making of
See also:porcelain is chiefly carried on at Seville . The war of tariffs between France and Spain after 1891 was an inducement for an extraordinary development in the making of
See also:brandy and
See also:liqueurs of every kind, of fruit preserves, potted meats, etc., in Navarre, the Basque Provinces, Catalonia, and even in Valladolid and Andalusia . Special mention must be made of the manufacture of tobacco, a royal
See also:monopoly, farmed out to a company, which increased the factories from seven to twelve and began by paying the
See also:treasury £3:400,000 annually . The decade following the Spanish-American War (1898-1908), which may be regarded as a period of
See also:industrial and commercial reconstruction, was marked by a very rapid increase in the use of
See also:electricity for
See also:traction and other purposes .
Owing to the abundance of water-power to be obtained in the mountainous regions, these new undertakings proved very successful . Spain is, on the whole, a country whose production falls far short of her own requirements . With a protected home market, cheap power and cheap labour available, there is
See also:room for much industrial development . It is, however, noteworthy that Spanish capitalists are, as a class, though exclusive of the Catalans, unduly conservative . Hence the capital for the
See also:establishment of electrical industries wasalmost exclusively subscribed in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzer-land and the United States, just as, in the 19th century, the railways and mining industries had been mainly financed by British investors, and the Valencian silk industry by French . Another feature of the period of reconstruction was the formation of numerous
See also:trusts or combinations of producing companies designed to take advantage of the high
See also:tariff, and to restrict competition, lower expenses and raise prices . The paper, sugar, salt petroleum and metallurgical industries were subjected to this
See also:process, but in no case was it possible to secure a
See also:complete monopoly . Commerce.—Possessing varied resources and being favourably situated for commerce, Spain might be expected to take a leading place among the trading communities of Europe . This it did at one time hold, when the treasure acquired by the discovery of America and the conquest of Mexico and
See also:Peru was squandered in the
See also:purchase of various commodities from England, the Nether-lands and other countries . This period of outward prosperity, however, was also that in which the seeds of decline were planted . The expulsion of the Moors from Granada was contemporaneous with the discovery of the New World . Hundreds of thousands of Moors were driven out from the country on subsequent occasions, and in the
See also:act Spain lost the best of her agriculturists and handicraftsmen .
The Spaniards of that day, excited by thehope of rapidly acquired wealth and the love of adventure, embarked upon a career of discovery, and agriculture and manufacturing industry fell into contempt . The loss of all her possessions on the American mainland in the early part of the 19th century dealt a severe blow to the foreign commerce of Spain, from which it only recovered about 1850, when imports and exports began to increase . After the restoration of the Bourbons in 1875, the first
See also:cabinet of
See also:Alphonso XIL's reign stopped the operation of the tariff law of the Revolution and reverted to
See also:protection . In 1882 a Liberal cabinet revived the system of a gradual reduction of import duties to a fixed maxi-mum, and made commercial treaties with France and several other nations, which were followed by a treaty with Great Britain in 1886 . The foreign commerce of Spain rapidly developed in the decade 1882-1892, Great Britain, France and the United States figuring at the head of the imports, Great Britain and France at the head of the exports . The exports of Spanish wines to France alone amounted to £12,000,000 annually . When France and other European nations abandoned
See also:free trade for protection towards 1890, a strong
See also:movement set in in Spain in favour of protection . In 1890 the Conservative cabinet of Senor Canovas raised the duties on agricultural products, in 1891 it denounced all the treaties of commerce that included most-favoured-nation treatment clauses, and in 1892 a new tariff law established considerably higher duties than those of 1882—in fact, duties ranging from 40% to 300% . The subsequent revision of the tariff, completed in 1906, involved no serious departure from the economic policy adopted in 1890 . The following table shows the value of Spanish imports and exports for a number-of representative years after 1848: Year . Importsi__ Exports . 1 _ 1849 6,360,000 5,240,000 I86o 14,833,000 10,982,000 1865 16, 262 ,000 12,864,000 1870 20,876,000 15,982,000 1875 22,812,000 18,081,000 1880 1 28,482,000 25,999,000 1885 30,590,000 27,920,000 1890 37,646,000 37,510,000 1895 33,540,000 32,198,000 1900 34,496,000 28,955,000 1905 32,320,000 50,012,000 The principal exports include metals and other minerals; wine, sugar, fruit and other alimentary substances, cotton and its manufactures; animals and their products, including wool and hair; timber and wrought
See also:wood .
The principal imports include grain, dried
See also:fish and other food-stuffs; livestock and animal products; machinery, vehicles and
See also:stone, minerals,
See also:glass and pottery; drugs and chemical products; textiles and raw cotton . Great Britain, France, the United States, Germany and Portugal, named in the
See also:order of their importance, are the chief consumers of Spanish exports . The chief exporters to Spain (in the same order) are Great Britain, France, Cuba, Germany and Portugal . The foreign trade of the country is of course carried on mainly by sea, and of the land commerce by far the largest proportion is with or through France . The smallness of the trade with Portugal is partly due to the similarity of the chief products of the two countries .
See also:Shipping and Navigation.—Spain has 21 seaboard provinces, with more than 120 ports of some importance . The
See also:navy of Spain, far from decaying through the loss of her colonies in 1898, seems to have been given fresh impetus . Many English and French steamers have been
See also:purchased abroad and nationalized . In 1905 the
See also:mercantile marine comprised 449 steamships of 434,846 tons, and 541 sailing vessels of 85,583 tons . The sailing vessels are decreasing in numbers in the exterior trade, but not in the
See also:coasting trade, which is decidedly developing and occupying more craft . It is carried on exclusively under the Spanish
See also:flag . The fishing
See also:fleet, chiefly sailing boats, is also important, and is manned by a
See also:hardy and active coast population .
In 1905 19,722 ships of 16,395,267 tons entered, and 18,033 of 16,442,355 tons cleared . Banking and
See also:Credit= The
See also:Bank of Spain (Banco de Espana) has a
See also:charter which has been renewed and enlarged several times since its foundation after the Restoration, and its privileged note issue has had to be gradually and very largely increased by legislative authorizations, especially in 1891 and 1898, as its relations with the treasuries of Spain and of her colonies increased; since nothing in the services rendered by the bank to the public would ever have justified the growth of the note issue first to
See also:thirty millions sterling in 1891, then by
See also:quick strides to fifty and over sixty-one millions sterling in 1899 and 1900 . At the close of the 19th century the remodelled hank charter, which is only to expire in 1921, authorized a maximum issue of £foo,000,000, on condition that the bank keeps
See also:cash in hand, gold and silver in equal quantities, equal to a third of the notes in circulation up to £60,000,000, and equal to half the amount issued above that sum . Gold has practically disappeared from business of every kind since 1881, when the premium began to rise; it reached a maximum of 120 °,o during the war with America . Afterwards it dropped to about 30 in 1900 . Bank-notes and silver
See also:coin have been 4practically the currency for many years . Currency, Weights and
See also:Measures.—The metric system of weights and measures was officially adopted in Spain in 1859 and the decimal monetary system in 1871 . In the case of the weights and measures the French names were also adopted, with only the necessary linguistic changes . Certain older
See also:standards remain in common use, notably the quintal (of 101.4 lb
See also:avoirdupois), the
See also:libra (1.014 lb avoirdupois), the arroba (31 imperial gallons for wine, 21 imperial gallons for oil), the fanega (11 imperial bushels) . In the case of the currency the old Spanish name of
See also:peseta was retained for the unit (the
See also:franc, 91d.) . The peseta is divided into too centesinaos . According to its
See also:par value 25.225 pesetas are about equal to £1, but the actual value of the peseta is about 74d .
In law, there is a doublestandard of value, silver and gold, in the ratio of 151 to 1 . But the only silver coin which is legal
See also:tender up to any amount is the 5-peseta piece, and the coinage of this is restricted . One-peseta pieces in silver, and 20-, 10- and 5-peseta pieces in gold are also current . Before the introduction of the decimal monetary system the peseta was the fifth part of a peso dun), which was equal to 20 reales de velion, or rather more than a 5-franc piece . The only paper
See also:money consists of the notes of the Bank of Spain .
See also:Finance.—Spanish finance passed through many vicissitudes during the 19th century . In the reigns of
See also:Ferdinand VII. and Isabella I I. the creditors of the state had to suffer several suspensions of payments of their dues, and reductions both of capital and
See also:interest . During the Revolution, from 1868 to 1874, matters culminated in bankruptcy . Payments of interest were only in part resumed after the Restoration in 1876, and in 1882 the government of
See also:King Alphonso XII. proposed arrangements to consolidate the floating and treasury debts of the Peninsula in the shape of £70,000,000 of 4 °;, stock, redeemable in 40 years, and to reduce and consolidate the old exterior and interior debts, then exceeding £480,000,000, in the form of £78,840,000 of exterior 4% debt—exempt from taxation under an agreement to that effect with the council of foreign bond-holders in
See also:London on the 28th of
See also:June 1882—and £77,840,000 of perpetual interior 4% . The colonial debts were not included in those plans . The debts of Spain were further increased in 1891 by a consolidation of £to,000,000 of floating
See also:debt turned into 4% redeemable stock similar to that of 1882; and this did not prevent a fresh growth of floating debts out of annual deficits averaging two to three millions sterling during the last quarter of the 19th century . The floating debt in 1900 had swollen to £24,243,300 .
The government of Spain having guaranteed the colonial debts of Cuba and of the Phiiippines, when those colonies were lost in 1898, Spain was further saddled with £46,210,000 of colonial consolidated debts, and with the expenses of the wars amounting, besides, to £63,257,000 . Consequently, the Spanish government had once more toattempt to make both ends meet by asking its creditors to assent to the suppression of all the amortization of imperial and colonial debts, and to a tax of 20% on the coupons of all the debts, whilst at the same time the Cortes were asked to authorize a consolidation and liquidation of the floating and war debts and an annual increase of £3,200,000 in already heavy taxation . Under these modifications the Spanish debt at the close of the 19th century, exclusive of £44,000,000 of treasury debt, consisted of £41,750,000 of exterior debt, still temporarily exempted from taxation on the condition of being held by foreigners, of £270,000,000 of 4% interior
See also:consols, and of £6o.000,000 of new 5 % consols, replacing the war and floating debts . In January 1905 this total outstanding debt of £415,750,000 had been reduced to £381,833,000; the capital sum was thus approximately equal to £20 8s. per head of the population, and the annual charge amounted to about 17s . 6d. per head . Between 1885 and 190=, the revenue of Spain varied from £3o,00o,000 to £40,000,000, and the
See also:expenditure was approximately equal; deficits were common towards the beginning of this period, surpluses towards the end . For an analysis of the
See also:budget the year 1008 may be taken as typical, inasmuch as trade had then resumed its normal condition, afterthe disturbing influence of tariff revision in 1906 and the failure of many crops in 1907 . The estimates for 1908 showed that the revenue was derived as follows: Direct taxes on land, houses, mines, industry and commerce, livestock,
See also:registration acts, titles of
See also:nobility, mortgages and salaries paid by the state, £18,oao,800; indirect taxes, including customs,
See also:excise, tolls and
See also:bridge and
See also:ferry clues, £11,748,000; tobacco monopoly, lottery, mint, national property,
See also:balance from public treasury, &c., £8,858,400; total £41,627,200 . The principal items of expenditure were: Public debt, £16,199,300;
See also:ministry of war, £6,301,100; ministry of public works, &c., £3,679,540
See also:pensions, £2,881,400 . The total was £40,926,740 . Constitution and Government.—Spain is an hereditary
See also:monarchy the constitution of which was voted by the Cortes and became the fundamental law of the 3oth of June 1876 . This law fixes the order of succession as follows: should no legitimate descendant of Alphonso XII. survive, the succession devolves first upon his sisters, next upon his aunt and her legitimate descendants, and finally upon the legitimate descendants of the
See also:brothers of Ferdinand VII .
" unless they have been excluded." Should all lines become
See also:extinct, the nation may elect its monarch . The
See also:sovereign becomes of age on completing his or her sixteenth year . He is inviolable, but his ministers are responsible to the Cortes, and none of his decrees is valid unless countersigned by a minister . The sovereign is
See also:master of the eight Spanish orders of
See also:knighthood, the principal of which is that of the
See also:Golden Fleece (Toison de Oro), founded in 1431 by
See also:Philip of
See also:Burgundy . The chain of this order surrounds the royal arms, in which are included, besides the arms of Castile, Leon, Granada, and the lilies of the royal
See also:house of Bourbon, the arms of Austria, Sicily, Savoy, Brabant and others . The national
See also:colours are red and yellow . The flag is divided into three
See also:horizontal stripes, two red stripes with a yellow one between bearing the royal arms . The legislative authority is exercised by the sovereign in conjunction with the Cortes, a
See also:body composed of two houses—a
See also:senate and a chamber of deputies . The senate is composed of members of three classes: (I) members by right of
See also:birth or office—princes, nobles who possess an annual income of 6o,000 pesetas (L2,400), and hold the
See also:rank of
See also:grandee (grande), a dignity conferred by the king either for life or as an hereditary
See also:honour, captains-general of the army, admirals of the navy, the
See also:patriarch of the Indies, archbishops, cardinals, the presidents of the council of state or of the Supreme
See also:Court, and other high officials, all of whom must have retained their appointments for two years; (2) members nominated by the sovereign for life; and (3) members elected three each by the 49 provinces of the kingdom, and the
See also:remainder by
See also:universities, dioceses and state corporations . The members belonging to the first two classes must not exceed 18o in number, and there may be the same number of members of the third class . The senatorial electors in the provinces are (I) delegates of the communes and (2) all the members of the provincial council, presided over by the
See also:governor . The lower house of the Cortes was elected by a very limited franchise from 1877 to 1890, when the Cortes passed a reform
See also:bill which became law on the 29th of June 1890 .
This law re-established universal male
See also:suffrage, which had existed during the Revolution, from 1869 to 1877 . Under the law of the 29th of June 1890 every Spaniard who is not debarred from his
See also:civil and civic rights by any legal incapacity, and has resided consecutively two years in his
See also:parish, becomes an elector on completing his twenty-fifth year . Soldiers and sailors in active service cannot
See also:vote . All Spaniards aged 25 who are not clerks in
See also:holy orders can be elected . The same electoral law was extended to the municipal elections . The executive administration is entrusted to a responsible ministry, in which the
See also:president generally holds no
See also:portfolio, though some
See also:prime ministers have also taken charge of one of the departments . The ministerial departments are: Foreign affairs,
See also:grace and
See also:justice, finance, interior, war,
See also:education and fine arts, marine, public works, and agriculture and commerce . Under the secretary of state for the interior the civil administration in each province is headed by a governor, who represents the central power in the provincial council (di putacion provincial) which is also elected by universal suffrage . The provincial
See also:councils meet yearly, and are permanently represented by a
See also:committee (commission provincial), which is elected annually to safeguard their interests . Every commune or
See also:municipality has its own elected
See also:ayuntamiento (q.v.), which has complete
See also:control over municipal administration, with power to
See also:levy and collect taxes . Its members are styled regidores or concejales, and half their number is elected every two years . They appoint an alcalde or mayor from among themselves to act as president, chief executive officer, and justice of the peace .
In the larger towns the alcalde shares his reponsibilities with several permanent officials called lenientes alcaldes . The fundamental law of 1876 secures to ayuntamientos, and to the provincial councils, anautonomy which is complete within its own limits . Neither the executive nor the Cortes may interfere with provincial and communal administration, except when the local authorities exceed their legal power to the detriment of public interests . This
See also:provision of the constitution has not always been strictly observed by the government . Law and Justice.—Spanish law is founded on Roman law,
See also:Gothic common law, and the national
See also:code proclaimed at the
See also:meeting of the fortes at
See also:Toro in 1501 (the leyes de Toro) . The present civil code was put into force on the 1st of May 1889 for the whole kingdom . The penal code dates from 1870, and was modified in 1877 . The commercial code was put into force on the 22nd of August 1885, the code of civil procedure on the 1st of April 1881, and the code of criminal procedure on the 22nd of June 1882 . There is a court of first instance in each of the 495 partidos judiciales, or legal districts, into which the kingdom is divided . From this inferior jurisdiction the appeals go to the 15 audiencias territoriales, or courts of
See also:appeal . There is in Madrid a Supreme Court, which is modelled upon the French Cour de Cassation, to
See also:rule on points of law when appeals are made from the decisions of inferior courts, or when conflicts arise between civil and military jurisdiction . When the law of the 20th of April 1888 established trial by
See also:jury for most crimes and delicts, 49 audiencias criminales, one in each province, were created; these are a sort of
See also:assize held four times a year .
The administration of justice is public . The parties to a suit must be represented by counsel . The state is always represented in every court by abogados fiscales, public prosecutors, and counsel who are nominees of the
See also:Crown . Religion.—Roman Catholicism is the established religion, and the
See also:Church and
See also:clergy are maintained by the state at an annual cost of about £1,600,000 . The relations between Church and state, and the position of the religious orders, were defined by the concordat of 1851, remaining practically unchanged until 1910 . There are ten archbishoprics (Toledo, Madrid, Burgos, Granada, Santiago, Saragossa, Seville, Tarragona, Valencia and Valladolid) and forty-five bishoprics . The archbishop of Toledo is primate . The number of monastic communities is about 3250, including some 600 convents for men and 265o for
See also:women . Most of the religious orders carry on active educational or charitable work . The monks number about to,000, the nuns 40,000 . The immense majority of the people are professed adherents of the Roman Catholic faith, so that, so far as numbers go, Spain is still the most " Catholic " country in the world, as it has long been styled . With liberty of
See also:conscience during the Revolution, from 1868 to 1877, the Church lost ground, and
See also:anti-clerical ideas prevailed for a while in the centres of republicanism in Catalonia and Andalusia; but a reaction set in with the Restoration .
The governments of the Restoration showed the Church much favour, allowed the
See also:Jesuits and religious orders of both sexes to spread to an extent without precedent in the century, and to take hold of the education of more than half of the youth of both sexes in all classes of society . This revival of Church and monastic influence began during the reign of Alphonso XIL, 1877-1885, and considerably increased afterwards under the regency of
See also:Queen Christina, during the long minority of Alphonso XIII., the godson of
See also:Leo XIII . Spanish codes still contain severe penalties for delicts against the state religion, as writers frequently discover when they give offence to the ecclesiastical authorities .
See also:Blasphemy is punished by imprisonment . The bishops sit in the
See also:superior council of education, and exercise much influence on public instruction . Since 1899 all boys have been obliged to attend lectures on
See also:theology and religion during six out of seven years of their curriculum to obtain the B.A. degree .
See also:Canon law and Church
See also:doctrine form an obligatory part of the studies of men qualifying for the
See also:bar and magistracy . By the constitution of 1876 non-Catholics were only permitted to exercise their form of worship on condition that they did so in private, without any public demonstration or announcement of their services . The same rule applies to their
See also:schools, which are, however, numerously attended, in Madrid, Seville, Barcelona and other towns, by
See also:children of
See also:Protestant families and of many Roman Catholics also . A proposal to abolish these restrictions was made by the government in 1910 (see
See also:History, below) . Education.—A law of the 17th of July 1857 made
See also:primary educadon free for the poor, and compulsory on all children of school age,originally fixed at six to nine years . It proved impossible to enforce this
See also:statute, and the majority of Spaniards are still illiterate, though in decreasing proportion at each census .
The primary schools for both sexes are kept up by the municipalities, at an annual cost of about £r,0oo,000, to which the state contributes a small subvention . The secondary schools, of which there must be at least one in every province, are styled institutes and are mostly self-supporting, the fees paid by the pupils usually cover the expenses of such establishments, which also receive subsidies from some of the provincial councils . Spain has nine universities: Madrid, the most numerously attended; Salamanca, the most ancient; Granada, Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, Santiago, Saragossa and Valladolid . There are also a
See also:faculty of
See also:medicine at Cadiz and a faculty of law at Oviedo . Most of the universities are self-supporting from the fees of matriculations and of degrees . The state also maintains a variety of technical schools, for agriculture,
See also:engineering, architecture,
See also:music, &c . The whole system of public instruction is controlled by the minister of education and an advisory council . A law passed on the 1st of July 1902 requires that all private schools must be authorized by the state, and arranges for their periodical inspection, for the enforcement of proper sanitation and discipline, and for the
See also:appointment of a suitable
See also:staff of teachers . Among the institutions affected by this law are numerous Jesuit and other ecclesiastical schools for boys, and a Jesuit university at Deusto, near Bilbao, whose pupils have to pass their final secondary
See also:examinations and to take all degrees in the state establishments as free scholars . The education of girls has been much developed not only in the state schools but even more so in the convents, which educate more than half the girls of the upper and middle classes . Many girls attend the provincial institutes, and some have successfully gone in for the B.A. degrees and even higher honours in the universities . Defence.—The Spanish army is recruited by conscription .
Liability to service begins with the first day of the
See also:calendar year in which the twentieth year is completed . Except in extraordinary circumstances, the war ministers have seldom called for more than forty to sixty thousand men annually, and of this contingent all who can afford to do so buy them-selves off from service at home by payment of £60, and if drafted for colonial service by payment of £80 . The period of service for all arms is twelve years—three with the colours, three in the first-class reserve, six in the second-class reserve, which contains the surplus of the annual contingent of recruits, and is liable to one
See also:month's training in every year . The war ministers can, and frequently do, send on unlimited furlough, or place in the first-class reserve, men who have not completed their first three years, and thus a considerable saving is made . Brothers can take each other's place in the service, and eldest sons of aged parents, or sons of widows, easily get exempted . Spain is divided into seven military regions or army
See also:corps . The strength of the regular army for many years varied between 85,000 and
See also:ioo,000 in time of peace, and during the Carlist Wars, 1868 to 1876, Spain had 280,000 under arms, and nearly 350,000 during her more recent wars . For 1899–1900 the figures were only 8o,000 . The active army is divided into 56 regiments of the line with 2 battalions each, 20 battalions of rifles or ca,zadores, 2 Balearic Islands, r Melilla, 4 African battalions of
See also:infantry, 2 battalions of rifles in the Canaries . The
See also:cavalry includes a
See also:squadron of royal horse
See also:guards, 28 regiments of the line, remount and
See also:depot establishments, 4 regional squadrons in
See also:Majorca, the Canaries, Ceuta, Melilla . The
See also:artillery comprises 12 regiments of field artillery, r of horse artillery, 3 regiments and an
See also:independent division of mountain guns, and 7 battalions of garrison artillery . The royal
See also:engineers are 4 regiments of sappers and miners, r of pontooners, r
See also:battalion of telegraph engineers, i of railway engineers with cyclists, r
See also:balloon corps, and 4 colonial corps .
Other permanent military forces are 1075
See also:officers, 1604 mounted and 16,536.
See also:foot gendarmes, mostly old soldiers, and 14,156 carabineers, all of them old soldiers . The regular army, at the close of the wars in 1895, had 26,000 officers and about 400 generals, but a law was afterwards made to reduce their numbers by filling only one out of two
See also:death vacancies, with a view to reach a peace establishment of 2 marshals, 25
See also:lieutenant-generals, 50 divisional- and 140 brigadier-generals, and 15,000 officers . The total strength of the field army may be estimated at 220,000 combatants . The military academies are Toledo for infantry, Segovia for artillery, Valladolid for cavalry, Avila for
See also:Escorial for carabineers, Getafe for civil guards, besides a staff
See also:college styled Escuela Superior de Guerra at Madrid . Numerous fortresses guard the Portuguese frontier and the passes of the Pyrenees, but many of these are ill-armed and obsolete . The navy is recruited by conscription in the coast or maritime districts, which are divided into three
See also:naval captaincies-general, those of Ferrol, Cadiz and Cartagena—at the head of each being a
See also:admiral . No attempt was made, during the decade which followed the Spanish-American War, to replace the squadrons destroyed at
See also:Manila and Santiago de Cuba . When the reconstruction of the navy was begun, in 1908, Spain possessed 1 battleship, 2 armoured cruisers, 6 protected cruisers, 5 destroyers and 6
See also:torpedo-boats . All the larger vessels were old and of little value . For geology, see the maps and other publications of the Comision del Mapa Geologico de Espana; L . Mallada, " Explicacion del mapa geologico de Espana," in Mem. com. mapa geol . Esp .
(1895, 1896, 1898 and 1902); C .
See also:Barrois, " Recherches sur les terrains anciens
See also:des Asturies et de la Galicie," in Mem.
See also:soc. geol. du
See also:Nord, vol. ii . (
See also:Lille, 1882); F .
See also:Fouque, &c., "
See also:Mission d'Andalousie," in Mem. pres. par
See also:divers savants d l'acad. des sciences,
See also:ser . 2, vol.
See also:xxx . (
See also:Paris, 1889) . The chief authorities on flora and fauna are M . Willkomm, Illustrationes florae hispanicae insularumque Balearium (2 vols.,
See also:Stuttgart, 1881–1892) ; M . Colmeiro, Enumeration de las plantas de la Peninsula (vol. i., Madrid, 1885), G. de la Puerto, Botdnica descriptiva, &c . (Madrid, 1891); B . Merino, Contribution d la flora de Galicia (Tuy, 1897) ; A .
See also:Chapman and W .
J .Buck, Wild Spain (London, 1893) ; id . Unexplored Spain (London, 1910) . Modern social and
See also:political conditions are described by G . Routier, L'Espagne en 7899 (Paris, 1897) ; E . Pardo Bazan, La Espana de ayer y la de
See also:hoy (Madrid, 1899); L'Espagne: politique, litterature, armee, &c., numero special de la Nouvelle Revue Internationale (Paris, 1900); J . R .
See also:Lowell, Impressions of Spain (London, 1900, written 1877–188o when Lowell was American minister to the court of Spain) ; P.Gotor de Burbaguena, Nuestras costumbres (Madrid, 1900) ; R . Altamira y Creva Psicologia del
See also:pueblo espanol (Madrid, 1902); V . Amirall, El Catalanismo (Barcelona, 1902); J . Alenda y Mira, Relaciones de solemnidades y fiestas publicas de Espana (Madrid, 1903) ; Madrazo, El Pueblo espanol ha muerto ? (Santander, 1903) ; V .
Gay, Constitution y
See also:vida del pueblo espanol (Madrid, 1905, &c.) ; H .
See also:Ellis, The Soul of Spain (London, 1908) . A comprehensive account of such matters as population, industry, commerce, finance, mining, shipping, public works, post and telegraphs, railways, education, constitution, law and justice, public
See also:health, &c.,may be found in the following works; all those of which the place and date of issue are not specified are published annually in Madrid: Censo de la poblacion de Espana: 1900 (Madrid, 1902, &e.); Movimiento de la poblacion de Espana; British Foreign
See also:Office Reports (annual series and
See also:miscellaneous series, London ; Estadistica general de comercio exterior de Espana con
See also:sus provincias de ultramar y potencias extrangeras, formada
See also:por la direction general de Aduanas; Annual Reports of the Council of the Corporation of Foreign Bondholders (London); Estadistica mineral de Espana; Memoria sobre las obras publicas; Anuario oficial de correos y telegrafos de Espana; Situation de los ferro-carriles; Anuario de la primera ensenanza; H .
See also:Gmelin, Studien zur spanischen Verfassungsgeschichte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts (Stuttgart, 1905); R. de Oloriz, La Constitution espanola comparada con las de Inglaterra, Estados-Unidos, Francia y Alemania (Valencia, 1904) ; T .
See also:Gomez Herrero, Diccionario-guia legislativo espanol (5 vols., Madrid, 1901–'903); Estadistica de la administration de justicia en lo criminal
See also:durante; Boletin mensual de estadistica demogrdfica-sanitaria de la peninsula y islas adjacentes (Madrid, monthly); Estado general de la
See also:armada para el ano; C .
See also:Fernandez Duro, Armada espanola desde la union de los reinos de Castilla y de Leon (9 vols., Madrid, 1895–1903) ; Boletin oficial del ministerio de marina . (K . G . J.) HISTORY A.—Ancient to A . D . 406 .
See also:Primitive Inhabitants.—The origin and character of the early inhabitants of the Peninsula are unknown; recent conjectures on the subject, which have been many, are more bold than probable, and we must await the result of further excavations of prehistoric sites and further inquiries into the native inscriptions before we can hope for much certainty .
The Romans, whose acquaintance with the country began in the 3rd century B.C., mention three races:
See also:Iberians (in the east, north and south), Celts (north-west) and Celtiberians (centre), but the
See also:classification does not help us far . The use to-day of the
See also:strange and ancient Basque
See also:tongue on the western slopes of the Pyrenees and in Vizcaya (Biscay)—a tongue which is utterly unlike
See also:Celtic or
See also:Italian or any " Indo-Germanic " language—suggests that the Iberians may have been an older people than the Celts and
See also:alien from them in
See also:race, though the attempts hitherto made to connect Basque with ancient traces of strange tongues in the Basque lands have not yielded clear results . On the other hand, numerous place-names show that parts of the Peninsula were once held by Celtic-speaking peoples, and it is, of course, possible that Celts and Iberians may have formed a mixed race in certain regions . Of other ancient races little trace can be detected . The Phoenicians were here traders and not settlers; the Greeks, though they planted early colonies on the Gulf of
See also:Lyons, occupied hardly any site south of the Pyrenees, and the seeming likeness in name of
See also:Saguntum (q.v.) and the Greek island Zacynthus is mere coincidence . It is possible, however, that after the Roman conquest Italians drifted in, and it is fairly certain that after the Roman Empire fell German conquerors brought German settlers, though in what numbers no wise man will guess . Earliest Historic Period.—Phoenician traders probably reached Spain long before our
See also:historical knowledge of the Peninsula begins, possibly as early as the r rth century B.C . The Phoe-One of their earlier settlements, Gades (now aicians . Cadiz), has been called the oldest town in the world (or in Europe) which has kept a continuity of life and name from its first origin . But the Phoenician exploitation of Spain dates principally from after the rise of
See also:Carthage (q.v.), the great Phoenician city of North Africa . Carthaginian " factories " were planted on many Spanish coasts: a Nova Carthago (New Carthage, mod . Cartagena) formed a Carthaginian fortress with the best harbour of south-eastern Spain .
The expansion is attributed chiefly to the second half of the 3rd century B.C., and to the
See also:genius of the Carthaginian statesman, Hamilcar
See also:Barca, who, seeing his country deprived by Rome of her trading dominion in Sicily and
See also:Sardinia, used Spain, not only as a source of commercial wealth, but as an inexhaustible supply of warlike troops to serve in the Carthaginian armies . But Rome had already her eyes on the Spanish men and mines, and, in the second Punic War, drove Carthage finally and completely out of the Peninsula (201 B.C.) . Roman Spain.—The Romans divided Spain into two "
See also:spheres of administration " (provinciae), Hither or Citerior, that is the northern districts which were nearer to Italy, and Republican Further or Ulterior, the south . To each " province " Period, was sent yearly a governor, often with the title 200-27B.c. proconsul . The commands were full of military activity . The south, indeed, and in particular the fertile valley of Andalusia, the region of the Guadalquivir (Baetis), then called Baetica, was from the first fairly peaceful . Settlements of Italian veterans or of Spanish soldiers who had served for Rome were made at Hispalis (Seville) and at Carteia near Gibraltar, and a beginning was made of a Romanized provincial population, though in a somewhat half-hearted way . But in the north, on the high plateau and amidst the hills, there was incessant fighting throughout the greater part of the znd century B.c., and indeed in some quarters right down to the establishment of the empire . The Carthaginians had extended their influence no great distance from the eastern coast and their Roman successors had all the work to do . In the long struggle many Roman armies were defeated, many commanders disgraced, many Spanish leaders won undying fame as patriot chiefs (see
See also:NUMANTIA) . Even where one Roman succeeded, the incapacity or the perfidy of his successor too often lost the fruits of success . But though its
See also:instruments were weak the Republic was still strong, and the struggle itself, a struggle quite as much for a peaceful frontier as for aggrandizement and annexation of fresh land, could not be given up without
See also:risk to the lands already won .
So the war went on to its inevitable issue . Numantia, the centre of the fiercest resistance, fell in 133 B.C. before thescience of Scipio Aemilianus (see Seirto), and even northern Spain began to accept Roman rule and Roman civilization . When in the decade 80-7o B.C. the Roman
See also:Sertorius (q.v.) attempted to make head in Spain against his political enemies in Rome, the Spaniards who supported him were already half Romanized . There remained only some disturbed and unconquered tribes in the northern hills and on the western coast . Some of these were dealt with by
See also:Julius Caesar, governor here in 61 B.c., who is said also to have made his way, by his lieutenant Crassus, to the tin mines of the north-west in Galicia . Others, especially the hill tribes of the Basque and Asturian mountains fringing the north coast, were still unquiet under
See also:Augustus, and we find a large Roman garrison maintained throughout the empire at Leon (Legio) to overawe these tribes . But behind all this long fighting, pacification and culture had spread steadily . The republican administration of Spain was wise . The Spanish subjects were allowed to collect themselves the taxes and tribute due to Rome, and, though the mineral wealth doubtless fell into the hands of Roman capitalists, the natives were free from the
See also:tithes and tithe system which caused such misery and revolt in the Roman province of Sicily . On the other hand, every facility was given them to Romanize themselves; there was no competing influence of Hellenic or Punic culture and the uncivilized Spaniards accepted Roman ways gladly . By the days of
See also:Cicero and Caesar (70-44 B.c.) the southern districts, at least, had become practically Roman: their speech, their literature, their gods were wholly or almost wholly Italian, as Cicero and
See also:Strabo and other writers of these and the next few years unanimously testify . Gades, once Phoenician, gained, by Caesar's favour and the intercession of
See also:Balbus, a Roman municipal charter as municipium: that is, its citizens were regarded as sufficiently Romanized to be granted both the Roman
See also:personal franchise and the Roman city-rights .
It was the first city outside of Italy which obtained such a municipal charter, without the usual implantation of Roman citizens (either poor men needing land or discharged
See also:veteran soldiers) from Italy . Augustus (or Tiberius possibly) reorganized the administration of Roman Spain .. Henceforward there were three
See also:pro-TheBmplre,vinces: (a) the north and north-west, the central 27 B.C.- table-land and the east coast as far south as New A.D . 406 . Carthage, that is, all the thinly-populated and unquiet hill country, formed the province of Tarraconensis with a capital at Tarraco (Tarragona) under a legatus Augusti pro praetore with a
See also:legion (VII . Gemina) at Leon and some other troops at his disposal; (b) the fertile and peaceful west formed the province of Lusitania, very roughly the modern Portugal, also under a legatus Augusti pro praetore, but with very few troops; (c) the fertile and peaceful south formed the province of Baetica, called after its chief river, the Baetis, under a pro-
See also:consul nominated by the senate, with no troops . These divisions (it will be observed) exactly coincide with the geographical features of the Peninsula . Substantially, they remained tillthe end of the empire, though Tarraconensis was broken up at different dates into smaller and more manageable areas . Augustus also accelerated the Romanization of the land by planting in it many municipalities (coloniae) of discharged soldiers, such for example as Augusta Emerita (mod . Merida), which declares by its name its connexion with time-expired veterans and still possesses extensive Roman ruins . Either now, too, or soon after, imperial finance agents (procuratores) were appointed to control the revenues and also to look after the mines, which now became Imperial property, while a special praefcctus administered the Balearic Islands . The two principal features of the whole country during the. imperial period are its great prosperity and its contributions to Roman literature .
Shut off from foreign enemies (though occasionally vexed by pirates from Africa), secluded from the wars of the empire, it developed its natural resources to an extent unequalled before or since . Its iron and copper and silver and lead were well known: it was also (according to theelder Pliny) the chief source whence the Roman world obtained its tin and quite outdistanced in this period the more famous mines of
See also:Cornwall . But such commercial prosperity characterized many districts of the empire during the first two centuries of our era . Spain can boast that she supplied Rome with almost her whole literature in the silver age . The Augustan writers had been Italians . When they passed away there arosg in their places such writers as the younger
See also:Seneca, the epic poet
See also:Lucan, the epigrammatist
See also:Martial, the
See also:literary critic Quintilian, besides a
See also:host of lesser names . But the impulse of the opening empire died away and successful commerce drove out literary interests . With the znd century the great Roman-Spanish literature ceased: it was left to other regions which felt later than Spain the stimulus of Romanization to enter into the literary tradition . Of statesmen the Peninsula was less prolific . The emperor Trajan, indeed, and his relative and successor
See also:Hadrian, were
See also:born in Spain, but they were both of Roman stock and Roman training . The 3rd and 4th centuries saw a decline in the prosperity of Roman Spain . The confiscations of Septimus Severus and the ravages of barbarians in the middle of the 3rd century have both been adduced as causes for such a decline .
But while we need not doubt that the decline occurred, we can hardly determine either its date or its intensity without careful examination of the Roman remains of Spain . Many of the best Roman ruins—such as theaqueduct of Segovia or the bridge of Alcantarano doubt date from before A.D . 200 . Others are probably later, and indicate that prosperity continued here, as it did on the other side of the Pyrenees in Gaul, till the later days of the 4th century—perhaps indeed not till the fatal winter's
See also:night in 406-7 when the barbarians burst the Rhine frontier and flooded Gaul and even Spain with a deluge from which there was no recovery . (F . J . H.) B . From A.D . 406 to the
See also:Mahommedan Conquest . The
See also:Barbarian Invasion and the Visigothic Kingdom.—With the irruption of the
See also:Vandals, the
See also:Suebi and the Alans, the history of Spain enters on a long period of division and confusion which did not end even with the union of the chief kingdoms by the
See also:marriage of Isabella and Ferdinand at the close of the 15th century . The
See also:function of the barbarians everywhere was to cut the communications of commerce, and the nerves of the imperial administration, thereby throwing the invaded country back into a fragmentary condition from which a new order was to arise in the course of centuries . This function was effectually discharged in Spain by the Vandals and their associates, who plundered far and wide, and then by the Visigoths, who appeared as the " foederati," or duly commissioned defenders of saeL'~3 vanaatsaad the Romans .
The first-corners cannot be said to have conquered the country in the sense that they established a rule of their own . They were not numerous enough for theexecution of such a task, even if they had possessed the capacity . When in 428
See also:Gaiseric, king of the Vandals (q.v.), accepted the invitation of
See also:Bonifacius, the count of Africa, and passed out of Spain to found the Vandal kingdom of Carthage, his whole
See also:horde numbered only 8o,000 persons, including old men, women and children, and runaway slaves who had joined him . The Suebi, who remained, were certainly not more numerous . Such small bodies could not have occupied so extensive a territory, even if they had scattered themselves in driblets all over its surface . What they did was to rove about in hordes, plundering or levying
See also:blackmail . The cowed inhabitants had been trained out of all
See also:habit of acting for themselves by the imperial despotism, and could only flee or submit . There is probably some truth in the assertion of
See also:Salvian that many of the subjects of the empire preferred poverty among the barbarians to the tyranny of the imperial tax collectors . This would be pre-eminently the case with the smaller landowners who formed the " curiales," and who were in reality
See also:serfs of the fisc, for on them fell the main
See also:weight of taxation, and they were confined to their position by oppressive
See also:laws . The great landowners who formed the " ordo senatorius " had almost as much to fear from the agrarian insurgents known as bagaudae, who are indeed found acting with the Suebi, as from the barbarians . In time some of them took to " living barbarously "—that is to say, they fortified their villas, collected an armed following and fought for their lives, families and property . In some districts the inhabitants reverted to a state of tribal independence .
This undoubtedly was the case in the north, where the Asturians and Basques, the least Romanized part of the population, appear from the beginning of the age of barbarization as acting for themselves . In the mountain country of Cuenca, Albacete, and the Sierra Nevada the natives known as the Orospedans were entirely independent in the middle of the 6th century . But if there
See also:lay in this revival of energy and character the germs of a vigorous national life, for the time being Spain was thrown hack into the state of division from which it had been
See also:drawn by the Romans—with the vital difference that the race now possessed the tradition of the Roman law, the municipalities, and one great common organization in the Christian Church . No help was to be expected from the empire . Unable to aid itself it had recourse to the Visigoths (see Gorns) .
See also:Ataulphus Visigothic (q v•) the successor of Alaric, and the
See also:husband of occupation . Placidia, daughter of the emperor
See also:Theodosius, whom he had married against the wish of her
See also:brother Honorius, entered Spain in 412, as the ally of the empire . He was murdered in 415, but after the speedily ensuing
See also:murder of his murderer and successor Sigeric, Wallia (415–419), who was elected to the kingdom, continued his work . He destroyed the Alans, and drove the Vandals and Suebi into the north-west . Then he handed Spain back to the imperial officials, that is to say, to weakness and corruption, and marched with all his people into the Second
See also:Aquitaine, the south-west of modern France, which had been assigned to them by Honorius as a home and a
See also:reward . From this date till the very end of the reign of Amalaric (511–531), the seat of the Visigothic
See also:kings was at
See also:Bordeaux, or Toulouse or
See also:Narbonne, and their main interests were in Gaul . They continued to intervene in Spain and to extend their influence over it .
But for an
See also:interval of more than twenty-five years they stood apart . Southern Spain was overrun and plundered by the Vandals before their departure for Africa . In 456
See also:Theodoric II . (453–466) entered Spain as ally of Avitus, whom he had himself raised to the empire in Gaul . He defeated the Roman senators of the Tarraconensis and the Suebi, putting their king to death, and advanced as far as Merida . But he was recalled to Gaul, and his return was accompanied by outrages against the Roman cities .
See also:Majorian (457–461), the last capable emperor of the West, proposed to make Spain the basis of his attack on the Vandals at Carthage till his fleet was destroyed by them in the harbour of Carthagena . The fratricidal murderer and successor of Theodoric, Euric (466–485) followed his brother's policy in Spain . With the extinction of the Western Empire (476 or 4ip) the kings of the Visigoths became more and more the representatives of authority, which they exercised on Roman lines, and with an implied or formal deference to the distant emperor at Constantinople . But the continued existence of theobscure Suevic kingdom in the north-west, the effective independence of several districts, and the rule of others by the Roman senators, proves that the regions actually under Visigothic rule were not extensive . After the defeat and death of Alaric II . (485–507) at Vouille the shattered Visigoth power was preserved from destruction at the hands of the Frankish king
See also:Clovis (q.v.) by Theodoric, the Gothic king of Italy .
But on his death the advance of theFranks began again . Amalaric (507–531) fled from Narbonne, to meet the usual violent end of a Visigothic king at Barcelona . The line of the Visigothic kings of Spain begins, strictly speaking, with his successor Theudis (531–548), an Ostrogoth appointed by Theodoric to act as
See also:guardian of Amalaric . He Character of had acquired great possessions in the valley of the Visigothic Ebro by marriage with a Roman
See also:lady . It was a Kingdom. government, and not a people, which was established in Spain with Theudis . The Visigoths had been much Romanized during their establishment in Gaul, and we hear of no exodus as having accompanied Amalaric . The example of Theudis is enough to show that the law of the Theodosian code which forbade the marriage of Romans and barbarians was not regarded by the Goths . It remained indeed unrepealed, as many laws have done since, long after it had become a mere dead
See also:letter . The government which came with Theudis, and fell to ruin with Roderic, may be described as having been at once Roman and
See also:bad . In so far as it was affected by the Visigoths it was influenced for the worse . Their monarchy was elective . Until the death of Amalaric the choice was confined to one
See also:family, but he was the last of his line .
The kings tried to make the crown hereditary, and the nobles, Visigothic seniores, and Roman senatores seized every opportunity to keep it elective . Spain presented a forecast of the anarchy ofPoland . Of the twenty-three kings between Theudis and Roderic five were certainly murdered, one was deposed, and three were tonsured by tricks or open force . Of the others some were passing phantoms, and the records of the later times of the kingdom are so obscure that we cannot be sure of knowing the names of all who perished by violence . The administration which these kings of unstable authority had to direct was essentially the Roman system . The great owners, whether nominally Visigoth or nominally Romanseniores or senatores—continued to enjoy all the privileges and exemptions of the ordo senatorius in the last days of the empire . They lived surrounded by multitudes of semi-servile coloni, or farmers, bound to the soil, of actual slaves, and of buccelarei, who were free swordsmen to whom they gave rations (buccelatum, soldiers'
See also:bread, or buccella, a portion) . The curiales remained as before the victims of the fisc . How far the fact that Theudis and the four next sovereigns were Arians affected their government is not very clear . It prevented them from enjoying the active support of the Catholic clergy . But it is very doubtful whether
See also:Christianity had spread much beyond the cities . We hear of the conversion of pagans down to the last days of the Visigothic kingdom .
The spread of Mahommedanism was so rapid in the first years after the conquest that it is impossible to believe that the country had been thoroughly christianized . Theudis, who made his headquarters at Seville, endeavoured to complete his mastery of the
See also:diocese of Spain by occupying Mauritania Tingitana, but he was defeated by the The imperial officers at Ceuta . He was in due course Visigothic murdered at Seville by Theudigisel (548–549) who Kings. was himself promptly slain . The reigns of his two successors, Agila (549--554) and
See also:Athanagild (554–567), coincided with the reign of Justinian and the temporary revival of the Eastern Empire . Athanagild called on the imperial officers to help him against Agila, and paid for their assistance by the surrender of the province of Baetica . On his death there was an obscure interregnum of five months, which ended by the election of Liuva (567–572), the governor of Narbonne, the surviving remnant of the Visigoth power to the north of the Pyrenees . Liuva did not come to Spain, but associated his brother
See also:Leovigild (567–586) with him . The reigns of Leovigild and of his son Reccared are the greatest in the list of the Visigoth kingdom in Spain . The
See also:father was manifestly a man of great energy who cowed his unruly nobles by murder, forced the Orospedans to recognize his superiority, swept away the Suevic kingdom which had lingered in the north-west, and checked the raids of the Basques . To secure the succession in his family he associated his sons Hermenegild and Reccared with himself . He was the first Visigothic king who wore the crown, and it would appear that he threw off all pretence of
See also:allegiance to the empire . The series of the Visigothic gold coins begins with him, and it is to be noted that while the earliest are struck in the name of the emperor Justinian, the imperial superscription disappears in the later .
Leovigild drove the imperial officers from Seville and Cordova, though they still retained control of the coast . His son Hermenegild, to whom he entrusted the government of Baetica, was married to a Frankish princess . Intermarriages had not been uncommon between
See also:Frank and Visigoth, but they had rarely led to any other result than to subject the Arian ladies who were sent from Spain, or the Catholic ladies who came from France, to blows and murder by their husbands and their husbands' families . Ingunda the Frankish wife of Hermenegild, with the help of Leandro, archbishop of Seville, the brother and predecessor of the more famous Isidore (q.v.), persuaded her husband to renounce Arianism . He revolted against his father, was reduced to submission and executed in prison . The reign of Reccared (586–601) is famous in Spanish history for the establishment of Catholicism as the religion of the state . Reccared must have seen from the example of the Franks that the support of the Church was a great element of strength for the Crown . He made the change at the Third Council of Toledo . If Reccared hoped to secure the perpetuance of his
See also:dynasty he was mistaken . His son Liuva the second (601–603) was murdered by an Arian reaction headed by Witteric (6o3–610) . The Catholics regained power by his overthrow, but they could not give stability to the state . A succession of obscure " priests' kings," who are but names, followed: Gunthemar (610-612), Sisebut (612–620), Reccared II .
(62o-621), Swintella, associated with his son Reccimer (621–631), Sisinand (631–636), Chintila (636–64o), Tulga (64o–641) , Chindaswinth (641–652) , Recceswinth (649–672) . The growing weakness of the
See also:Merovingians saved them from serious attack, though not from occasional invasion on the north . The prostration of the empire in the East by Avar and Persian invasions enabled them to drive the imperial officers from the coast towns . But the kingdom was growing internally weaker . The nobles were strong enough to prevent the monarchy from becoming hereditary . The Church seemed to exert great power, but it had itself become barbarized by contact with kings and nobles . Violent persecutions of heretics and of the numerous Jews brought in new elements of discord . Wamba (672–68o) is credited with an attempt to reform the state, but he was tonsured while unconscious from illness or
See also:poison, and disappeared into a religious house . His successors again are but names, Euric (68o–687) and Egica (687–701) . Witiza (697–710).has more substance . He was in aftertimes denounced as a
See also:monster of vice, whose sins accounted for the Mahommedan conquest . Contemporaries speak of him with respect, and he appears to have been a well-meaning man who endeavoured to check the corruption of the clergy and the persecution of the Jews, and who resisted the dictation of the pope .
His reign ended in turmoil, and perhaps by murder . With Roderic, whose " tumultuous " election was the work of Witiza's enemies, the line of the Visigoth kings is considered to have ended . The Visigoth kingdom presents an appearance of coherence which was very far from corresponding to the reality . At the Organiza- head was the king, surrounded by his
See also:household of lion of the leudes, and aided by the palatines, great officers of vislgothk state imitated from the imperial model . At the head Kingdom. of the provinces, eight in number, were dukes, and the cities were governed by
See also:counts . Both were, at least in theory, officers named by the king and removable by him . The king was advised by councils, made up by a combination of a senate of the great men, and of the ecclesiastical councils which had met under the Roman rule and that of the tolerant Arian kings . The formation of the council was not complete until the establishment of Catholicism as the state religion . But from the reign of Reccared till the Arab invasion they met sixteen times in all, generally at Toledo in the church of
See also:Santa Leocadia . Purely ecclesiastical matters were first discussed by the clergy alone . Then the great men, Visigoth and Roman, joined with the clergy, and the affairs of the kingdom were debated . The Leges Wisigothoruni were elaborated in these councils (see GERMANIC LAW) .
But there was more show than reality in this
See also:parade of government by free discussion and by law . There was no effective administration to enforce the law . The Mahommedan Conquest.—How utterly weak it was can be seen from the fact that it was shattered by the feeble Moslem invasion of 711 . The danger from Africa had been Moslem patent for half a century . During the reign of Invasion, Witiza the Moslem masters of northern Africa had 'u. pressed the town of Ceuta, the last remnant of the
See also:Byzantine possessions, very closely, and it had been relieved by supplies from Spain . Only the want of ships had prevented the Mahommedans from mastering the town, and crossing the straits, and now this deficiency was supplied by the Christians themselves . It seems to be certain that Julian, the imperial count or governor of Ceuta, acting in concert with the family and
See also:faction of Witiza, who sought his help against Roderic, provided vessels to trans-port the
See also:Berber Tarik (Tariq) across the straits . Tarik, the general of the
See also:caliph's governor in northern Africa, Musa b . Nosair, was invited as an ally by the conspirators, who hoped to make use of him and then send him back . He came with a small force, but with the certainty of finding
See also:allies, and on being joined by another detachment of
See also:Berbers marched inland . On the 19th of July 711 he met Roderic near the Lago de la Janda between Medina Sidonia and Vejer de la Frontera . He had perhaps already been joined by Spanish allies .
It is at least certain that in the
See also:battle the enemies of Roderic passed over to the invader . The Visigoth king was routed and disappears from authentic history . There is some probability that he did not perish in the battle, but escaped to fall two years later, at Seguyjuela near Salamanca, in
See also:action with Merwan the son of Musa . A single blow delivered as much by Christian as by Moslem hands, sufficed to cut the bond which seemed to hold the kingdom together, and to scatter its fragments all over the soil of the Peninsula . Through these frag- The Maments Tarik marched without a single check of
See also:im- hommeaan portance . Before the end of 711 he had advanced as conquesti far north as Alcala . Cordova fell to a detachment of his army . In 712 Musa joined his lieutenant, and the conquest of the south was completed . Merida was the only town which offered an honour-able resistance . During 713 and 714 the north was subdued to the foot of the mountains, and when Musa and Tarik were recalled to
See also:Damascus by the caliph the progress of the Moslems was not delayed . In 718 they crossed the Pyrenees, and continued their invasions of Gaul till they met the solid power of the Austrasian Franks at
See also:Poitiers 732 (see
See also:CHARLES MARTEL and
See also:CALIPHATE, B . §§ 6, 1o) .
Therush of the Mahommedan
See also:flood sent terror all over Europe, but the little opposition it encountered south of the Pyrenees is to be easily explained, and the victory, though genuine, was more specious than substantial . That the lieutenants of the caliph at Damascus should take the place of the Visigoth kings, their dukes and counts seemed to many no loss and to a still greater number a gain . The great landowners, to whom patriotism was unknown and whose religious faith was tepid, were as ready to pay tribute to the caliph as to render service to one of their own body who had become king by violence or intrigue . On the part of the Arabs, who, though a small minority of the invaders, were the ruling element, there was a marked absence of proselytizing zeal . They treated the occupation of Spain as a financial
See also:speculation more than as a war for the faith . The Arab, though he produced Mahommedanism, was the least fanatical of the followers of the
See also:Prophet, and was not only willing but desirous to leave to all Arab ra Ru r of Y g Aljale . men who would pay tribute the free exercise of their religion . He cynically avowed a greater liking for the
See also:poll tax paid by the Christian than for his conversion . The Spanish Roman and the Visigoth, so-called, of that epoch of poorness of spirit, accustomed as he was to compound with one master after another, saw nothing dishonourable in making' such an arrangement . That it was made is matter of record . In Murcia the duke whom the Arabs knew as Tadmir became a tributary
See also:prince, and his family retained the principality for generations . He no doubt contrived to induce the Arabs to recognize him as the owner of what had been public domain, and made an excellent bargain .
The family of Witiza did obtainpossession of an immense stretch of the land of the state in Andalusia on condition of paying tribute . One of them, by name Ardabast, was deprived of his holding at a later date on the ground that he held more land than could be safely left in the hands of a Christian . Every-where landowners made the bargain, and the monasteries and the cities followed their example . Nor was submission and payment of tribute all that they were prepared to give . Many professed themselves converts to Mahommedanism . In the north one great Visigoth family not only accepted
See also:Islam, but founded a dynasty, with its capital at Saragossa, which played a stirring part in the 8th and 9th centuries, the Beni-
See also:Cali, or Beni-Lope . To the mass of the population the conquest was, for the present, a pure gain . The Jews, escaped from brutal persecution, were the eager allies of the Arabs . As the conquerors swept away the Roman fiscal system, which the Visigoths had retained, and re-placed it by a poll tax (which was not levied on old men, women, children, cripples or the very poor) and a land tax, the gain to the downtrodden serfs of the fisc was immense . They acquired personal freedom . Add to this that a slave who professed Islam could secure his freedom, at least from
See also:slavery to a Christian master, that Arianism had not been quite rooted out, that the country districts were still largely
See also:pagan, and it will not appear wonderful that within a generation Mahommedan Spain was full of renegades who formed in all probability a majority of its population and a most important social and political element . The Arabs at first were content to take a fifth of the land to constitute the public domain, or khoms, out of which fiefs held on military tenure were provided for the chiefs of the conquering army .
If this moderate policy had been or could have been steadily pursued, the invaders would in all probability have founded a lasting state . But it could not be pursued, since it required for its application a consistency, and a power to act on a definite political principle, of which the Mahommedan conquerors were absolutely destitute . Nor had Spain been conquered by a single race . The invaders were acoalition of Arabs, Syrians and Berbers . The Arab was incurably anarchical, and was a
See also:noble who had no political idea except the tribal one . That their personal dignity must be asserted and recognized was the first article in the creed of these descendants of the heroes of the
See also:desert . They looked down on the Syrian, they thought the Berber a lout and a plebeian, they scorned the renegade, and called him a slave and son of a slave . They fought out the old tribal rivalries of
See also:Arabia on the
See also:banks of the Guadalquivir and on the Vega of Granada: They planted the Berber down on the bleak, ill-watered, and wind-swept central plateau . He revolted, and they strove to subdue him by the sword . He deserted his poor share of the conquered land, and in many cases returned to Africa . The conflict for the caliphate (q.v.) between Omayyad and Abbasid removed all
See also:shadow of control by the head of the Mahommedan world, and Spain was given up to mere anarchy . The treaties made with the Christians were soon violated, and it seemed as if Islam would destroy itself .
See also:fate it was preserved by the arrival in Spain of Abdurrahman (Abdarrahman b . Moawiya) the Omayyad (758), one of the few princes of his house who escaped
See also:massacre at the hands of the Abbasides . With the help of his clansmen among the Arabs, and to a large extent of the renegades who counted as his clients, by craft, by the sword, by keeping down the fanatical Berber element, and by forming a mercenary army of African negroes, and after thirty years of
See also:blood and battle, Abdurrahman founded the independent amirate, which in the loth century became the caliphate of Cordova . It was an
See also:Oriental monarchy like another, strong when the amir was a strong man, weak when he was not, but exception-ally rich in able men . Its rulers had to fight the Arab nobles as much as the Christians, and the real basis of their power was their slave army of negroes, or of Christian slaves, largely Slavonians sold by their German captors to the
See also:Jew slave traders of
See also:Verdun, and by them brought to Spain . These janissaries at first gave them victory, and then destroyed them . Such a kingdom as this needed only attack from a more solidly organized power to be shattered . The Christian enemies of the Mahommedans were for long weak and no less Christian anarchical than themselves, but they were never states of altogether wanting, and they had, what the Arab the North. and Berber had not, a tradition of law and a capacity for forming an organized polity and a state . They are to be sought for along the line of the mountains of the north . In the centre were the Basques, dwelling on both sides of the Pyrenees, who kept against the Mahommedan the independence they had vindicated against the Visigoth . On the east of the Basques, along the line of the Pyrenees, were others of kindred blood, who also kept a
See also:rude freedom on the slopes and in the valleys of the mountains . The Arab passed through them, going and returning to and from Gaul, but he never fully conquered them .
The names of their leaders Garci Jeminez and Ingo Arista are altogether legendary . But here were the roots of the kingdom of Navarre, of Sobrarbe and Aragon . In the earliest times their most pressing foe was not the Arab or Berber so much as the Carolingian . It was at their hands thatCharlemagne (q.v), while returning from his expedition to Saragossa, suffered that disaster to his rearguard at
See also:Roncesvalles which is more famous in
See also:poetry than important in history . With the aid of the Spanish Moslem Beni-Casi the Basques drove off the counts and wardens of the
See also:marches of the
See also:Carolingians . On the eastern extremity of the Pyrenees the Franks found no native free population . Here, mainly under the leadership of
See also:Louis the Pious, they formed the Marta Hispanica, where Frankish counts and wardens of the marches gradually gained ground . By the reign of Charles the
See also:Fat a principality had been founded . Wilfred the Hairy—the Comes Vellosus, so called because his countship was poor and covered with scrub wood, and not because the palms of his hands were covered with hair as the
See also:legend has it—became the founder of the counts of Barcelona . The greatest destiny was preserved for the Christian remnant which stood out to the west of the Basques, in the mountains of Asturias . Pelayo, whom they
See also:chose for king, and his victory of Covadonga, are well nigh as legendary, and are quite as obscure as Garci Jimenes and Inigo Arista . Yet it is certain that in this region were planted the seeds of the kingdom of Castile and Leon, the dominant power of the Spain of the future .
The total silence of the contemporary
See also:chronicle, called by the name of Isidore of Beja, shows that in the south of Spain, where the writer lived, nothing was known of the resistance made in the north . The next Christian authorities belong to the latter part of the 9th century . It is therefore with the warning that the dates can only be given as probably correct that the three first Christian kings can be said to have reigned from 718 to 757 . Pelayo (7i8–737), his brother Favila (737–739)—of whom we only know that he is said to have been killed by a bear while hunting—and Alphonso I., the Catholic (739–757), stand as little more than names . While the invasion of Gaul was still going on Manuza, the chief of the Berbers settled in north-western Spain, had revolted against the caliph's lieutenants . In 74o came the great general revolt of the Berbers . In 750 plague, following on drought and
See also:famine, swept away thousands of conquered and conquerors alike . Amid the general desolation Alphonso I. duke of Cantabria and son-in-law of Pelayo, constituted the king- Kingdom 01 dom which the Arabs called Gallicia . It answered Qamcia . closely to the old Roman province of the same name—extending from the Bay of Biscay to the line of the Duero, from the ocean to the foot of the mountains of Navarre . Internally it was divided into two belts . Along the shores of the bay, and in the valleys of the mountains to the north and west it was inhabited; but a great belt of desolation separated it from the regions in l set-back of the Christian revival .
Dissensions among them-which the Moslem were fighting out their own quarrels . Alphonso selves coincided with an energetic rally of the Moslem power. swept all through that region, already more than half depopu- lated, slaying the lingering remnants of the Berbers, and carrying back the surviving Christians to the north . Behind that
See also:shield of waste the Christian kingdom developed; from the death of Alphonso I. to the reign of Ramiro II . (931–95o) it was subject to no serious attack, though raids on the frontier never ceased . Norse pirates appeared on the coast in the 9th century, but made no permanent settlements . As the population
See also:grew, it pushed down to the plain of Leon and Castile . The advance is marked by the removals of the capital forward from Cangas de Ona to Oviedo, from Oviedo to Leon, and by the settlement of adventurous frontier men in the ancient Bardulia, which from their " peels," and towers of strength, gained the name of Castilla--the castles . Burgos became its centre . The
See also:Montana (hill country) of Burgos, and in particular the district called the Alfoz of
See also:Lara, was the
See also:cradle of the heroes of the Castilian share in the reconquest—the count Porcellos, and the
See also:judge of the people, Lain
See also:Calvo, the infantes of Lara, the
See also:bastard Mudarra, and Ruy Diaz of Bivar, in whose lives legend and history are mingled beyond disentanglement, and of whom some are pure figures of
See also:romance . By a process which was going on elsewhere in Europe the frontier settled into a new political organism . As the
See also:Marca Hispanica on the east became the
See also:county of Barcelona, so the chiefs of Bardulia became the counts of Castile, then the count of Castile, the rival of the king at Leon, and in time the king of Castile, and head of Christian Spain . There is much in the
See also:internal history of that kingdom which stands apart from the general development of western Europe, from which it was shut out .
In all the long period from Pelayo to Ramiro II. only one event occurred which had much tendency to bring the Christians of the north-west into close relations with their neighbours of the same faith north of the Pyrenees . This was the discovery, or, in strict ecclesiasticallanguage, the " invention " of the body of St
See also:James the Apostle in the reign of Alphonso II. the Chaste (789-842) . The
See also:shrine at Santiago in Gallicia was accepted in an age when evidence and
See also:criticism were words of no meaning, and it attracted pilgrims, who brought trade . But, apart from this opening for foreign influence, the Christians were left to develop their order untouched by alien examples, and they developed from the Visigoth monarchy . The men who raised Pelayo on the shield believed themselves to be electing a successor to Roderic, and indeed they were . They continued for a time to
See also:call themselves Goths, and to claim Gothic descent, which had become for them very much what descent from the companions of the conqueror was to Englishmen of the 14th or 15th centuries and later—another name for nobility of blood . There was the same king possessing theoretically almost absolute power, both administrative and legislative; the same nobles who limited his effective power by
See also:rebellion, their
See also:constant effort to keep the crown elective, and his no less steady, and by the loth century victorious, effort to make it hereditary; the same distinction between the few free, who are also the rich owners of land, and the many serfs, who are partial bondsmen, or the slaves pure and simple . But the fact that every arm was needed for the raids on the frontier, and to provide settlers who should also be garrison for the regained lands, worked for freedom . The serf, who was also a soldier, revolted against bondage . The chief who had to " people " a new and exposed township had to tempt men by freedom and secure rights to follow his banner . The influences which by the 13th century had abolished serfdom in western Spain were all at work before the reign of Ramiro II . In spite of revolts and of fratricidal struggles a state was formed .
To the east of it, the Navarrese, having rid themselves of the Carolingian counts and marchers, had made a kingdom in their mountains, and beyond them the little free territories of the central Pyrenees were advancing, in subordination to the Navarrese king at
See also:Pamplona . The Arab called them the Christians of Al Frank, and distinguished them from the Gallicians . The Toth century and the first years of the 11th saw a great From the foundation of the amirate by Abdur- The Marahman I . (758–70o) to the beginning of the reign of hommedan Abdurrahman III . (912–961) Mahommedan Spain had Amirate. shared the usual fortunes of an Oriental monarchy . Anarchy . A strong amir, such as Abdurrahman I. or his
See also:grandson Hakam I . (796–822), could enforce obedience by arms, or by murder, but it was the rule of the most pugnacious and the hardest hitter . Even with him it was often only apparent . On the upper frcntier, which is now Aragon, the " Visigoth " Beni-Casi ruled, doing homage and paying tribute intermittently, supported by a loyal population of native Mahommedans, whose Christian or nominally Christian fathers had been their followers before the conquest . The " Moors," so called, who afterwards filled the kingdom of Aragon were of native blood . Toledo, relying on the immense military strength of its position, was more often in rebellion than in subordination .
The massacre which Hakam I. effected by a lavish use of
See also:fraud cowed it only for a time . Abdurrahman III. found it independent again when he came to the
See also:throne, and had to besiege it for two years before it yielded . The renegades grew in numbers, and in faith . Under the influence of orthodox Berber teachers their fanaticism was turned against the amir himself . Hakam, a winebibber much suspected of heterodoxy, had to expel thousands from his capital . Part went to people the town of
See also:Fez, newly founded in the Morocco, by the Idrisites . Part wandered eastward to found a Mahommedan state in Crete . Under the stimulus of Berber fanaticism the toleration first shown to the Christians was turned to persecution . A
See also:counter fanaticism was aroused in them, and for years the " Martyrs of Cordoba " continued to force the often reluctant cadis to behead them, by blaspheming the Prophet . The relations of the amir to the Christian bishops were very much those of the
See also:Ottoman sultan to the Greek patriarch . There were Spaniards who, like the Greeks of the Phanar, were the servile instruments of their Moslem master . Under Abdurrahman II .
(822–852), who spent his life listening to a favourite and highly accomplished Persiantenor and in the company of dancing girls, and under Mahommed I . (852–886), the niggardly Mondhir (886-888), whose time was short, and Abdalla (888–912), who was feeble, the amirate was torn to fragments . From this state of anarchy the amirate was saved by Abdurrahman III . (912–960, the
See also:Akbar of his race . He came to the throne when half a century of war and murder had Revival produced exhaustion . The country was swarming underAbwith brigands, and the communications were so durrahman dangerous that seven years had been known to pass hi during which no
See also:caravan travelled from Cordova to Saragossa . There was a disposition on all hands, save among the irreconcilable Christians of the Sierra de Ronda, to accept peace under a capable master . The Arabs were beaten down, and the renegades had gained most of what they fought for when the aristocracy was cowed . Abdurrahman III., an Oriental ruler of the great
See also:stamp, industrious, resolute, capable of justice, magnificent, and free handed without profusion, was eminently qualified to give all that his people wanted . The splendour of his reign is a
See also:commonplace . He restored order even in the Ronda, and then he took the field against the Christians . He obeyed the rule which has called upon all the intelligent
See also:governors of Spain to make sure of the African coast by occupying it .
He saw the Christian princes of the north become his vassals and submit to his
See also:judgment in their quarrels . But within a period not so long as his own life his dynasty was extinct and his kingdom in fragments . Hakam II . (961–976), Abdurrahman's son, ascended the throne in mature years, and continued his father's policy . A
See also:lover of books, he gave protection to writers and thinkers who were not strictly orthodox . From his Christian neighbours he had nothing to fear . The anarchy which broke out in the north-west, the kingdom now called Leon, on the death of Ramiro II . —whose sons fought among themselves—and the endless conflicts between Leon and Castile, rendered the only formidable The personages are not anywise heroic, even when like Alphonso V . (999–1027) they were loyal to their duty . Sancho the Fat, and Bermudo II. the Gouty, with their shameless feuds in the presence of the common enemy, and their appeals to the caliph, were miserable enough . But the emancipation of the serfs made progress . Charters began to be given to the towns, and a class of burghers, endowed with rights and armed to defend them, was formed; while the council of the magnates was beginning to develop into a Cortes .
The council over which Alphonso V. of Leon and his wife Geloria (i.e .
See also:Elvira) presided in 1020, conferred the great model charter of Leon, and passed laws for the whole kingdom . The monarchy became thoroughly hereditary, and one main source of anarchy was closed . By the beginning of the 1 rth century the leading place among the Christian kings had been taken by Sancho the Sancho El Mayor (the Great) of Navarre . He was Great of married to a
See also:sister of Garcia, the last count of Navarre . Castile . Garcia was murdered by the sons of Count Vela of
See also:Ala va whom he had despoiled, and Sancho took possession of Castile, giving the government of it to his son Fernando, (Ferdinand I.), with the title of king, and taking the name of " king of the Spains " for himself . It was the beginning of attempts, which continued to be made till far Ferdinand! into the 12th century, to obtain the unity of the of Castile, Christians by setting up an emperor, or king of " Emperor kings, to whom the lesser crowns should be subject . Spains Fernando was married to a daughter of Alphonso V . of Leon . Her brother Bermudo, the last of his line, could not live in peace with the new king, and lost his life in the battle of Tamaron, in a war which he had himself provoked . Fernando now united all the north-west of Spain into the kingdom of Castile and Leon with Gallicia .
Navarre was left by Sancho to another son, Garcia, while the small Christian states of the central Pyrenees, Aragon and Sobrarbe with the Ribagorza went to his other sons, Ramiro
See also:Sanchez and Gonzalo . Fernando, as the elder, called himself emperor, and asserted a general superiority over his brothers . That he took his position of king of kings seriously would seem to be proved by the fact that when his brother Garcia attacked him in 1054, and was defeated and slain at Atapuerca, he did not annex Navarre, but left his
See also:nephew, Garcia's son, on the throne as vassal . The Council of Coyanza, now Valencia de Don Juan (1050), at council of which he confirmed the charters of Alphonso V., coronet', is a leading date in the constitutional history of 1050 . Spain . When he had united his kingdom, he took the field against the Mahommedans; and the period of the great reconquest began . So far the Christians had not gone much beyond the limits of the territory left to them at the end of the 8th century . They had only developed and organized Beginning within it . Under Fernando, they advanced to of the the banks of the Tagus in the south, and into Valencia chrisr'lan on the south-east . They began to close round Reconquest . Toledo, the shield of Andalusia . The feeble Andalusian princes were terrified into paying tribute, and Fernando advanced to the very
See also:gates of Seville without finding an enemy to meet him in the field .
His death in 1065 brought about a pause for a time . He left his three kingdoms to his three sons Sancho, Alphonso and Garcia . Alphonso, to whom Leon had fallen as his share, remained master after the murder of Sancho at Zamora, which he was endeavouring to take from his sister, and the imprisonment of Garcia of Gallicia . The reign, of Alphonso VI., which lasted till 1109, is one of the fullest in the Alphonso
See also:annals of Spain . He took up the work of his V/•, father, with less of the crusading spirit than was in 1065-1109 . Fernando, but with conspicuous ability . His marriage with
See also:Constance, daughter of Robert, duke of Burgundy, brought a powerful foreign influence into
See also:play in Castile . Constance favoured the monks of
See also:Cluny, and obtained her husband's favour for them . Under their leadership measures were taken to reform the Church, from which hitherto little inueh influence . had been expected save that it should be zealous and martial . The adoption of the Roman instead of the Gothic Christian kingdom powerless . Even on Hakam's death the power of the caliphate was exercised for some thirty years with great vigour .
In his old age, one of his wives Sobh (the Day-break), a Basque,
See also:bore him the first son born in his
See also:harem . To this son Hisham II . (976– ?) he left the crown . The rule went to the sultana, and her trusted
See also:Ibn AbI `Arnir Mahommed
See also:ben Abdallah—an Arab of noble descent, who in his early life was a
See also:scribe, and who rose by making himself useful first to the ministers and to the favourite wife . By them he was promoted, and in time he brought their ruin . By her he was made hajib—lord
See also:chamberlain, prime minister, great domestic, alter ego, in short, of the puppet caliph—for Hisham II. in Adminis- all his long life was nothing else—and in due time tration of he reduced the sultana to insignificance . The Mansur. administration of Mahommed ben Abdallah, who took the royal name al-Mansur Billah (" the victorious through
See also:God ") and is generally known as Mansur (q.v.), is also counted among the glories of the caliphate of Cordova . It was the rule of a strong man who made, and kept under his own control, a janissary army of slaves from all nations, Christian mercenaries from the north, Berbers and negroes from Africa . With that host he made fifty invasions into the Christian territory . A more statesmanlike conqueror leading a people capable of real civilization would have made five, and his work would have lasted . Mansur made raids, and left his enemies in a position to regain all they had lost . It mattered little that he desolated the shrine of St James at Compostella, the monastery of Cardena in Castile, took Leon, Pamplona and Barcelona, if at the end he left the roots of the Christian states
See also:firm in the soil, and to his son and successor as hajib only a mercenary army without patriotism or
See also:loyalty .
In later times Christian ecclesiastical writers, finding it difficult to justify the unbroken prosperity of the wicked to an age which believed in the judgment of God and trial by combat, invented a final defeat for Mansur at Calatanaxor . He died in 1002 undefeated, but racked by anxiety for the permanence of the prosperity of his house . His son Mozaffar, kept the authority as hajib, always in the name of Hisham II., who was hidden away in a secondpalace suburb of Cordova, Zahira . But Mozaffar lasted for a short time, and then died, poisoned, as it was said, by his brother Abdurrahman, called Sanchol, the son of Mansur by one of the Christian ladies whom he extorted for his harem from the fears of the Christian princes . Abdurrahman Sanchol was vain and
See also:feather-headed . He extorted from the feeble caliph the Abdur- title of successor, thereby deeply offending the rahman princes of the Omayyad house and the populace Sanchol. of Cordova . He lost his hold on his slaves and mer-End ofthe cenaries, whose chiefs had begun to think it would Empire of be more to their interest to
See also:divide the country among Abdur- rahman //I. themselves . A palace revolution, headed by Mahom- ra6me med, of the Omayyad family, who called himself Al
See also:Mandi Billah (guided by God), and a street riot, upset the power of the hajib at Cordova while he was absent on a
See also:raid against Castile . His soldiers deserted him, and he was speedily slaughtered . Then in the twinkling of an
See also:eye the whole edifice went into ruin . The end of Hisham II. is unknown, and the other princes perished in a frantic scramble for the throne in which they were the puppets of military adventurers . A score of shifting principalities, each ready to help the Christians to destroy the others, took the place of the caliphate .
The fundamental difference between the Moslem, who know only the
See also:despot and the
See also:Koran, and a Christian people who have Development the Church, a body of law and a Latin speech, was ofthe well seen in the contrast between the end of the Christian greatness of Mansur, and the end of the weakness Kingdoms, of his Christian contemporaries . The first left no trace . The second attained, after much fratricidal strife, to the foundation of a kingdom and of institutions . The interval between the death of Ramiro II. in 950 and the establishment of the kingdom of Castile by Fernando I. in 1037 is on the surface as anarchical as the Mahommedan confusion of any time . ritual of
See also:Saint Isidore has been lamented, but it marked the
See also:assumption by Castile of a place in the community of the western European kingdoms . The Frenchmen, both monks and knights, who accompanied Constance brought to bear on Spain the ecclesiastical, architectural, literary and military influence of France, then the intellectual centre of Europe, as fully as it ever was exercised in later times . Castile ceased to be an isolated kingdom, and became an advance guard of Europe in not the least vital part of the
See also:crusades . Alphonso, who during his
See also:exile owed some good services to the Mahommedan king of Toledo, spared that city while his friend lived . Alphonso But he carried the war forward elsewhere . He overruns extorted tribute, and double and
See also:treble tribute Mahomme-from the princes of Andalusia . In 1082 he swept danSpain. all through the valley of the Guadalquivir to
See also:Tarifa, where he rode his horse into the sea and claimed possession of the " last land in Spain." In 1084, his friend being dead, he made himself master of Toledo . The fall of the city resounded throughout Islam, and shocked the Mahommedan princes of Andalusia into gravity and a sense of their position .
Their peoples began to look to Africa, where Yusuf ben Techufin was ruling the newly founded empire of theAlmoravides . The princes had cause to dread him; for Yusuf, the
See also:leader of a religious movement still in its first zeal, was known to have no friendly feeling for their religious indifference and elegant, dissipated habits . It was likely that, if he came as ally, he Invasion of would remain as master . But the case was extheAhnor6- cellently put by al-Motamid, amir of Seville, a vides. brilliant cavalier, an accomplished Arab poet, and one of the most amiably spendthrift of princes . When the peril of appealing to Yusuf was put before him at
See also:durbar by his son, he acknowledged the danger, but added that he did not wish to be cursed throughout Islam as the cause of the loss of Spain and that, if choose he must, he thought it better to lead camels in Africa than to tend pigs in Castile . Yusuf came, and in 1086 inflicted a terrible defeat on Alphonso VI. at Zalaca near Badajoz . The immediate results of the stricken field were, however, but small . Yusuf was called back to Africa, and in his absence the Christians resumed the advance . When he returned he was chiefly employed in suppressing the Mahommedan princes . Alphonso was compelled to withdraw a garrison he had placed in Murcia, and Valencia was, by his decision, given up by the widow of the
See also:Cid (q.v.) . But he kept his hold on Toledo, and though his last days were darkened by the death of his only son in the lost battle of Ucles (1108), he died in 1109 with the security that his work would last . The Almoravides went round the fatal circle of
See also:Asiatic and African monarchy with exceptional rapidity .
One generation of military efficiency and of
See also:comparative honesty Decline of i Matrom- n administration was followed by
See also:sloth and corthe medal, ruption as bad as that of the Arabs . To this the PowerunderAlmoravides, who were Berbers and were largely the
See also:Almora- mingled with pure negroes, added a dull bigotry vldes . and a hatred of thought and knowledge from which the Arab, anarchical and politically incapable as he was, was free . In Aragon the successors of Ramiro Sanchez had begun to
See also:press close on Saragossa when the Almoravide invasion took place . The battle of Zalaca gave pause to the Aragonese, as it did for a short space to the Castilians . The interval of advance in the reconquest would have been shorter than it was but for the results of a most unfortunate attempt on the part of Alphonso VI. to unite the crowns of Aragon and Castile by the marriage of Alphonso I . (1104–1134) of Aragon with his daughter Urraca . Urraca (the name is a form of Maria) was dissolute and Alphonso was arbitrary . There Alphonso 1. was nothing in the
See also:manners of the 12th century of Aragon, 1104-1134, to make a husband hesitate to
See also:beat his wife, and Urraca was beaten, and in the presence of witnesses . The marriage, too, was declared null by the pope, as the parties were within the prohibited degrees . Alphonso and Urraca came to open war, in which he claimed to be king of Castile by right of his marriage and his election by the nobles . The confusion was increased by the fact that Alphonso, Urraca's son by her first marriage with
See also:Raymond of Burgundy, was recognized as king in Gallicia, was bred up there by the able
See also:bishop Diego Gelmirez, and took an active part in the feuds of his
See also:mother and step-father .
The death of Urraca in 1126 allowed her son to reunite the dominions of his grandfather . In the meantime his quarrels with Urraca had not deterred Alphonso, who is surnamed the Battler in Aragonese history, from taking Saragossa in 1118, and from defeating the Almoravides at the decisive battle of Cutanda in 1120 . In 1125 he carried out a great raid through Mahommedan Spain, camping in its midst for months, and returning with many thousands of the Christian rayahs, who, under the name of Mozarabes, had hitherto continued to live under Moslem rule . They now fled from the bigotry and
See also:negro brutality of the Almoravides . The failure of Alphonso's attempt to take
See also:Braga in 1134 was speedily followed by his death . He left his kingdom by will to the Knights of the
See also:Temple and the Hospital, but the barons of Aragon paid no
See also:attention to his wish, and drew his brother Ramiro, a
See also:monk, from his
See also:cell to continue the royal line . Ramiro, having been first ex-claustrated by the pope, married
See also:Agnes of Aquitaine, and on the birth of his daughter Petronilla affianced her to Ramon Berenguer (Raymond Berenger), count of Barcelona, and then retired to his cell at Narbonne.' union of This marriage united Aragon and Catalonia for ever, Aragon and and marks a great step forward in the constitution calalonia• of a national unity in Spain . Navarre, indeed, which had been united with Aragon since the fratricidal murder of its king Sancho in 1076, preferred to remain independent under a new ruler of its choice . It was henceforth KNavingdomarreof a small state lying across the Pyrenees, dependent on France, and doomed inevitably to be partitioned between its great neighbours to north and south . Alphonso VII., the son of Urraca, was, during the twenty years between his mother's death and his own in 1157, the dominating sovereign of Spain . In 1135 he was Alphonso crowned at Leon, in the presence of the new king vii., of Navarre, of the counts of Barcelona and Toulouse, "Emperor and of other princes, Christian and Mahommedan, in Spain." " Emperor in Spain, and king of the men of the two religions." In his character of emperor and king of the men of the two religions Alphonso VII. seems to have aimed not at expelling, but at reducing the Moors to subjection as vassal communities . He took Cordova and conquered as far as Almeria, but left vassal Moslem princes in possession .
His @nEmpire mpiree" death was followed by another and, happily, a last division of Castile and Leon . Sa ncho, his eldest son, took the first and Fernando the second . Thedream of the empire was speedily dissipated by the death of Sancho of Castile a year after his father; Portugal had already become a semi-independent state . The complicated
See also:story of the Christian kingdoms of Spain during the next two generations can be best made intelligible by taking the king of Castile as the centre of the Alfonso vilf. turmoil . His boyhood was filled by all the miseries of Castile, which rarely failed to descend in the middle ages 1158-1214 . on the people whose king was a
See also:child . Alphonso VIII. married Leonora, daughter of
See also:Henry II. of England, who, as duke of Aquitaine, by right of his marriage with the duchess Eleanor, had a strong direct interest in Spanish politics . Castile, by its geographical position as the centre of Spain from Cantabria to the Sierra Morena, was the forefront of the struggle with the Moors . In Andalusia the downfall of the Almoravides had war with opened the way to the
See also:Almohades, or followers of theAimothe Mandi, an even more bigoted religious
See also:sect than hades . the other . Alphonso had conquered Cuenca, in the hill country between Castile and Valencia, in 1177, with the help of the king of Aragon, also an Alphonso, the son of Petronilla and of Ramon Berenguer of Barcelona . With eminent good sense he rewarded his ally by resigning all claim to feudal superiority over Aragon .
1 Raymond du
See also:Puy, grand master of the Hospitallers, came to terms with Count Raymond in the matter of the bequest .
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