ProductsSome products include olives, oranges, potatoes, wheat, corn, and wine grapes.
Maps. The map includes Spain, rivers of Spain, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, and major cities.
FlagThe flag of Spain consists of three bands of color. Red bands of color are at the top and bottom in a horizontal fashion. Between these two bands of red is a band of yellow. Yellow and red are the national colors of Spain. The governmental seal of Spain only appears on government flags.
Seal This seal has four symbols to represent the four districts of Spain. The official name of Spain is Espana or Estado Espanol.
LanguageNearly everyone speaks Spanish in Spain ,although some regional languages are also spoken. The other languages of Spain are Galician ,Catalan, and Basque.
Population The population is about 38,992,000 people.
Food In Spain
In Spain they eat bread, warm milk, cake, or toast for breakfast (el desayuno). For lunch (la comida) which is the main meal of the day, they have a four course meal. This meal consists of: soup, salad, fish and dessert .For dinner they normally have wine, fish ,and soup.
School( la escuela) in Spain begins early in the morning and finishes around 5 p.m. There is a long 2 hour break in the middle of the day for lunch and a siesta( a nap) because it is too hot to be in school. All Spanish children between the ages of 6 and 16 must go to school.
Famous PlacesEvery year about forty-two million tourists visit pain Spain. Spain has wonderful seaside resorts and beaches (las playas).One of the most famous buildings is the Giralda. It is a tower in Seville. Today it is part of the Seville Cathedral.
Near Madrid, the capital city, is the town of Toledo. It was the home of one of Spainís famous artists, El Greco. Picasso, another famous Spanish artist, lived in Barcelona for a time. Many of his paintings can be found there.
HISTORY OF SPAIN
Like most of Europe, Spain was part of the Roman Empire. Spainís history is long and varied. A few important events in its history would include the invasion of the Muslim Arabs in 711. They ruled southern Spain and built many beautiful palaces such as the Alhambra in Granada.
In 1492 ,when Spain was united by the marriage of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand , the Spanish armies were able to defeat the Arabs in Granada.
In that same year, America was claimed as a Spanish colony. This resulted in a time of great wealth and exploration for Spain.
Another important date in Spanish history would be the defeat of the Spanish Armada, or fleet of war ships, by the English. This happened in 1588 under the forces of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
In 1809 Napoleon of France invaded Spain and put his brother on the Spanish throne. But the Spanish did not stand for this long and fought back for their independence.
In 1931 a new government overthrew the King of Spain. Not everyone was happy with this arrangement and this led to the Spanish Civil War.
From 1936-1975, Spanish general, Francisco Franco ruled Spain. This was a time of isolation and poverty for Spain.
Monday, November 1, 1999