Spain Essays

Biography of Blas De Lezo

Blas de Lezo was a Spanish admiral and one of the greatest strategists and commanders in the history of the Spanish Navy. He also knew as “Patapalo” (Pepleg), and later as “Mediohombre” (half-man) for the many wounds suffered in his long military life. He is best known for leading the defense of Cartagena in 1741. He was born in Pasajes, Guipuzcoa, Spain on February 3 in 1689 and started his naval career in the French Navy in 1701 as a…

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Relations Between Spain and Indigenous People

Spanish colonization started in 1492 when Cristoforo Colombo, Christopher Columbus, arrived in the West Indies . 1 Even though Columbus was on route to find a easier, quicker route to India, he stumbled upon an unknown land full of exotic new people, plants, and animals. Columbus was the first Spanish American to come to America, but many more Spanish explorers would follow after him; including Cortes, Aguirre, and Pizarro. The Spanish seemed to be fascinated with what riches the new…

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Volunteering in Costa Rica

A significant event in my life, that has recently passed, was when I traveled to Costa Rica. At the end of my junior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to graduate a half year early and travel to do a volunteer project. After my early graduation I traveled with a volunteer group out of Europe to Costa Rica for two months. This event has taught me many knew things and has influenced me to look into more…

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Ccot of Political Latin America

Many historical events were happening in the 16th century to middle 19th. For example, Portugal began settling in Sao Tome, the Peasants’ War in Germany started, and Michelangelo started his one of his most well known sculptures, “David”. However, in an entirely different part of the world, things were happening in equal importance to human history. Exploration of the “New World” was taking place, and many changes came from European explorers in the Americas. For example, in the early 1500s…

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Spain and New World

In 1490 there was no such country as spain, yet within a century it had become the most powerful nation in europe and within another century had sunk to the status of a third rate power. Describe and analyze the major social economic and political reasons for spains rise and fall. Throughout history, as we study Spain we can clearly recognize high and low points in their success. In the fifteen hundreds Spain had no influence on European affairs, Spain…

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The Disasters of War

The Disasters of War (Spanish: Los Desastres de la Guerra) are a series of 82[a 1] prints created between 1810 and 1820 by the Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya (1746–1828). Although Goya did not make known his intention when creating the plates, art historians view them as a visual protest against the violence of the 1808 Dos de Mayo Uprising, the subsequent Peninsular War of 1808–14 and the setbacks to the liberal cause following the restoration of the Bourbon…

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Studying Abroad

Being a constituent of the academe, it is really a must for me to pursue more for the sake of advancing and developing my knowledge and abilities. For a very long time, I have always held this philosophy: knowledge must not be confined in the corners of a room. This statement always pushes me to go and explore everything that could help me understand everything in this world. I would not just sit down, listen to what my teacher says,…

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Philip Ii of Spain

King Philip II of Spain (1527-1598) has cast a lengthy shadow over Spanish and European history for centuries. Though this might seem fitting, given that he was the first man to rule a truly global empire on which the sun never set, it is not entirely appropriate, for Philip’s enduring fame stems not so much from his achievements, as it does from misconceptions about his character and legacy. Within Spain itself, Philip can still be remembered to this day as…

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Columbus and Cortes

In the 16th century Spaniards Herman Cortes and Christopher Columbus set out on endeavoring journeys in search of new worlds. Christopher Columbus encountered, in the Caribbean islands, a group of extremely simplistic Native Americans. Herman Cortes however encountered a much more advanced Native American group in Meso America; we formally know this area to be Mexico. In my essay I will be comparing and contrasting several aspects between both of these Native American Civilizations including sophistication, technology, housing, weapons, religion…

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Nostalgia for Mysticism

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story of the town of Macondo, sticky with nostalgia, and the Buendia family who lived out those very years of solitude. Gabo’s work is written in a style known as magical realism, in which elements of the magical and the mundane are interwoven seamlessly, making it impossible to determine where reality ends and the extraordinary begins. The story is set in an otherwise ordinary world, with familiar historical and…

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El Cid

Born and educated as a nobleman in the Royal Court of the Castile, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar became a famous military leader and diplomat. He was King Alfonso VI’s greatest general in the war against the Moors and is widely considered to be a National Hero of Spain. Known as El Cid Campeador (or El Cid), this honourable nickname translates as the ‘Lord of Military Arts’, or ‘The Champion’, and reflects his innovative techniques on the battlefield. Rodrigo Diaz was…

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Filipino People and Spaniards

1. Besides the commercial and religious goals of Spain in colonizing the Philippines, give two other reasons (political and legal) why Spain claimed the country as its possession or the property of the King of Spain. * They also claim the country because of their Spirit of Discovery to our country, improvements of their technologies (for travel and trading purposes) and acquisition of our territories. 2. What is meant by “crown colony? ” Can you give an example of a…

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Filipino People and Baler

Celso Ressurecion – half-indio and half-spanish youth from Pampanga Feliza Reyes – daughter of a Filipino insurgent general Nanding Reyes – Feliza’s father and head of the nationalist rebel group in Baler Azon Reyes – Feliza’s mother Gabriel Reyes – Feliza’s younger brother 2nd Lt. Saturnino Martin Cerezo Capt. Enrique Fossi de las Morenas – replace Lt. Mota as the head of the Spanish in Baler Col. Calixto Villacorte Commandante Teodorico Luna Novicio Fr. Candido Gomez Carreno – parish priest…

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Summary of the Indolence of Filipinos

In this essay of Rizal, he observed the behaviors of the Filipinos past and present in his time. He said that the indolence is the effect of the backwardness and troubles of experienced by the country. In the start of his essay he said that the hot climate is a reasonable predisposition for indolence. By this he means that the Europeans have a cold climate thus they need to move around more to compensate with their climate, they also make…

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Christopher Columbus; Hero or Villain

In 1492, Christopher Columbus, discovered America. More than 500 years later Columbus Day is a national holiday. Statues are up, even in Pueblo, and thanks are given for what he has done for us. We learn about him in grade school and we are told of his brave adventures. However twenty years later in my first history class another picture is being painted of Columbus; not from my History book, but from my teacher. I thought it was interesting to…

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