HISTORY OF SPAIN 101, EP 7: The Roman Conquest of Hispania

That macho-looking man represented in the statue is none other than Viriatus, the leader of the Lusitanians, one of the tribes who gave the Romans their stiffest resistance during the prolonged conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. After pushing out the Carthaginians in the Second Punic War, the Romans may have thought that occupying their new territory would be a breeze; but they had another thing coming to them. It woould take two hundred years to subject all the Iberian and Celtic tribes to their authority. Compared to the ten years it took Caesar to conquer Gaul, this must have seemed like an eternity. In the end, it spelled the end of one age for Spain and the beginning of a new one: Romanization. Enjoy!

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Isn’t it time we stopped calling Juana la Loca “Loca”? (Part 2)

In this episode we take a much closer look at Juana’s life, especially during her infamous trip around Castile with her deceased husband’s coffin, and we analyze the facts to understand what was really going on. Juana was most likely the object of a horrible smear campaign whose effects are still being felt today, as well as the victim of conniving political power-plays, which compounded any existing mental health issues. Her life was tragic enough as it was. Does she really have to have her reputation go down in history with the cruel moniker “la Loca” (the Mad)? We think not, and we invite people refer to her as Juana I of Castile from now on. Enjoy!

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History of the Sorteo de Navidad (Spain’s Christmas Lottery)

SOURCE: AS sports daily

Every December 22, much of Spain braces itself for a 3-hour televised event that few people in the the world would associate with this festive season: a chance to make their Yuletide just a little bit cheerier by winning the annual Christmas lottery. This is a tradition that goes back over 200 years, believe it or not, and it is estimated that over 75% of the adult population in Spain plays; and with a total payout of 2.4 billion euros, many consider it the largest in the world. More than a celebration of gambling, it’s a deeply-rooted custom that not even the Spanish Civil War could stop. Learn more about its history in this week’s podcast. Enjoy!

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Isn’t It Time We Stopped Calling Juana La Loca “Loca”? (Part 1)

Juana I of Castile was the last sole monarch of the Castile, and she was the first to rule over Castile and Aragon (unofficially Spain) in the history of the country. And yet, she barely governed and is really only famous for the name associated with her: Juana la Loca. Joanna the Mad. But was she really as insane as they say? Or was she the victim of relentless fake news from power-hungry family memebers around her? Check out this podcast and learn more. 

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP 6 – Spain and the Punic Wars

When it comes to the Punic Wars, the series of conflicts between Rome and Carthage and one of the most influential wars in the history of Europe, most people logically think of Hannibal, the genius military leader of the Carthaginians and his intrepid crossing of the Alps. Few people realize that he launched his legendary campaign from Spain (Iberia, back then), and that the Spanish territory would be the site of countless battles. In fact, the outcome of this conflict, especially the Second Punic War, would change the course of human history forever, and usher in 600 years of Roman presence in this land. The impact can still be felt to this day. Listen to this latest episode on the history of Spain and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

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The Great Spain Wine Heist

Atrio’s world-famous wine cellar. Site of a historic theft of a historic bottle of wine

In today’s podcast we look at a bit of very recent history. In October, 2021, 45 bottles of wine were stolen from the cellar of a famous upscale restaurant called Atrio, located in the magnificent city of Caceres, Spain. But they weren’t any ordinary bottles of wine; they were some of the finest in the world, and one, in particular, has a unique history of its own, turning it into one of the most expenisve bottles around. This most recent chapter has probably only increased its value. Find out what it was, and how the theft took place. 

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Spanish History 101 Ep. 5, The Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians in Spain

Phoenicians and their world-famous purple dye

For hundreds of years, cultures and civilizations from the other side of the Mediterranean made contact with the peoples from Spain, mainly the Iberians and Tartessos, and established a commercial relationship with them. They also founded Spain’s oldest cities and made many contributions that would impact Spain down the road, even to this day. Check out this latest podcast and learn more! Enjoy!

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Kings (and Queens) and Lovers (part 2)

It’s the second part of our 2-part miniseries looking at the lives of the monarchs and their “special friends”. We started off mainly with the Habsburg dynasty, but now we are going to focus on the Bourbons. In this image we have Isabel II, faithfully fulfilling the Bourbon reputation for being faithless to their spouses while she enjoys the attention of several suitors. In Isabel’s case, some of her actions may have been justified by the fact her husband, Francisco de Asís, was almost assuredly homosexual. Learn about her situation and that of the rest of the dynasty all the way up to modern times. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 4 – The Iberians, Tartessos and the Vascones

In this episode we continue our journey through the history of Spain during the pre-Roman age, and we get to know some of the other cultures that existed then. The Iberians, who lived along the Mediterranean coast, the Vascones, who inhabited in what is today the Basque Country, and the mysterious Tartessos in Andalusia. Hope you enjoy it!

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The History of Halloween in Spain?

Sort of! The popularity of Halloween has rocketed in the past ten years in Spain and has been a hit with kids but a source of controversy among many adults who feel this cultural outsider is invading and pushing out Spain’s traditions. But are celebrations that focus on a relationship between the living and the dead really that foreign? Does Spain actually have of its own kind of festivity? Is there a tradition of jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating that goes back way further than this recent newcomer? Listen to this latest podcats from Brian’s Spain Domain and see for yourself. Enjoy!

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