Background: Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II, but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). In the second half of the 20th century, Spain has played a catch-up role in the western international community; it joined the EU in 1986. Continuing challenges include Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorism and further reductions in unemployment.
Blogs from Bilbao
Latest Blogs from Bilbao
- May 29th 2013 MADRID
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- May 29th 2013 BILBAO
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- April 26th 2013 Day 2 Bilbao to Pamplona, Jaca, and night stop Pamplona
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- April 25th 2013 Day 1 Spain Bilbao
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- April 24th 2013 Map of tour however we going via Pamplona to Zaragoza so we closer to the mountains and back roads
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- November 4th 2012 Bilbao - modern art and more rain!!
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- September 20th 2012 Bilbao? isn't there some kinda wavy steel building there by some Frank bloke?
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- September 7th 2012 Bilbao - a sunny start to our Spanish adventure!
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- September 1st 2012 Day 10
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- August 31st 2012 Day 9
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- August 31st 2012 Day 9: Part 2
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- June 3rd 2012 Sahara trip Epilogue
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- May 18th 2012 On the boat to Bilbao
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- May 15th 2012 Terra do Euskara
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- December 30th 2011 The Basque Region - Spanish, Gallego and now Euskera!
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- November 2nd 2011 How it all ends...
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- November 1st 2011 Welcome to Bilbao
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- October 12th 2011 Wochenende in Bilbao
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- August 26th 2011 Yet Another Coincidence
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- August 21st 2011 Bilbao
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