SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 35: The Peninsular War

Goya’s legendary painting “3 de Mayo”

The Napolean and his troops have moved into Spain to head for Portugal, but they’ve decided to stay. Spain, at the time France’s ally, doesn’t take kindly to that, and a war to get rid of invaders breaks out. On paper it should have been a cake-walk for the French, but the tenacious Spanish resistence which relied heavily on guerrilla warfare, would wear the enemy down. The British support would also prove decisive. It would become Napoleon’s Vietnam, or the cause of his personal ulcer, as he would describe it. Listen and learn more!

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