Final day in Seville

Nine nights this visit; my longest trip to this wonderful city was a month.

It is a hot afternoon, and many people have escaped inside for siesta.

This is the entrance to Seville’s enormous Cathedral, taken on the way home from lunch. One of the many reasons it is known is because it is the resting place of the (now controversial) Christopher Columbus. He set out for America from the river here.

The building is currently undergoing a massive two-year restoration.

To Barcelona tomorrow. It is going to feel very different this visit.

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On this day: the Battle of Morales

The Battle of Morales, part of the Peninsula War over the Iberian Peninsula, was fought on the 2nd of June, 1813.

Considered a victory for the British and a defeat for the French, the battle took place in the region of Toro, Zamora, Spain.

The Peninsula War was part of the larger Napoleonic Wars, and lasted a few days short of six years.

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On this day: International Unemployment Day

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International Unemployment Day was an event that took place at the time of the Great Depression, occurring on the 6th of March, 1930. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including in the United States, Germany, England, France, Spain and Austria marched to protest mass unemployment.

In New York City and Detroit the protests turned violent, with baton-wielding police attacking crowds of tens of thousands.

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New York’s The Communist newspaper gave the incorrect date for the event.

Germany, the non-Soviet country with the largest Communist Party, also saw their protests turn violent, while in Austria demonstrators clashed with Fascist youth in the streets of Vienna.

On this day: the Battle of Corunna

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Part of the Peninsula War (1807-14), the Battle of Corunna took place in Spain on the 16th of January, 1809.

Fought in Galicia, the battle was between the United Kingdom and France, and concluded with a British victory. However, the battle also paved the way for French occupation of other areas.

The British lost 900 men; the French lost between 600 and 700.

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Amongst the British dead was Sir John Moore, who was reassured of his victory before he died.

On this day: Arthur, Prince of Wales met Catherine of Aragon

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The prince circa 1500, and a portrait thought to be Catherine, circa 1502.

On the 4th of November, 1501, Arthur, Henry the Eighth’s older brother, met his future wife. Catherine of Aragon had been communicating with Arthur via letters written in Latin, and yet when they met they discovered they spoke the language differently and couldn’t understand each other.

Both were fifteen at the time of their meeting. They married ten days later.

The prince would die in April the following year, leaving Henry to go on to become king, as well as to marry his wife.