Spanish 3 Chapter 1 Culture

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Spanish culture chapter 1
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the vast plains of Castilla La Mancha is the perfect setting for thewindmills in use since the sixteenth century, in times of Miguel deCervantes. In his book The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of lamancha,The hero, Don Quixote attacks the windmills with giants confusing.The castle is of Muslim origin. The city of Toledo, is located on a cliff on the banks of the TagusRiver. The city witnessed the rich history of a region in whichthe Muslim and Jewish critianos have intermingled, each leavingtheir mark. Yebes Astronomical Center in the province of Guadalajara, is oneof the ten largest institutions of scientific research in Spain.El Parque Nacional de las Tablas de Daimiel in the province Realm City hosts a huge number of waterfowl. Hanging houses in the city of Cuenca, were built on the edge of a cliff. During the fourteenth century Varano serve as a place for the Royal Family.| |

Saffron, one of the important agricultural products of Castilla-La Mancha, comes from a little lilac flower.To obtain one kilo of saffron the stigmata of nearly 85000flowers must be collected by hand.Page 2-3The Roman city of Segóbriga serves as witness to the Roman occupation in Spain. The ruins of an amphitheater and public baths attract numbers of tourists to this small town each year.The Germanic tribe of the Visigoths invaded the peninsula and their capital named Toledo.Recesvinto Crown is one of the treasures that remain of the Visigoth occupation times in Spain.Muslims drove the Visigoths and occupied the grounds of Castilla-La Mancha for four centuries. They builtmosques developed and founded schools of mathematics and languages. Today we use the Arabic number system.Alfonso VI "the Brave" (before 1040-1109) led the Christian reconquest of Spain against the Muslims,captured Toledo in 1085. His vassal Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar "El Cid", captured Valencia in 1094.Philip II (1527-1598) moved the capital...
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