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.
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- December 3rd 2012 And the Truck Rumbels On
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- November 27th 2012 ARC Preparations
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- November 12th 2012 Testing times in Gibraltar and the epic to the Canaries
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- October 28th 2012 Tenerife: land of the wrinkly potato
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- August 8th 2012 MercyShipVolunteer-TenerifeNationalPark
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- August 8th 2012 MercyShipVolunteer-AllCrewOffShip/TiltingExperiment
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- July 28th 2012 AfricaMercyVolunteer-NewCrewArriving
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- July 23rd 2012 Leaving Spain :( Back to Edinburgh!
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- July 22nd 2012 Leaving the hotel...briefly and trying out the beach!
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- July 22nd 2012 AfricaMercyVolunteer-Ship Work Continues in Tenerife
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- July 21st 2012 Ahh this is the life!
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- July 20th 2012 And more of the same!
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- July 19th 2012 More Relaxation!
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- July 18th 2012 Ahh relaxation!
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- July 17th 2012 Travelling Athens - Tenerife!
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- July 16th 2012 AfricaMercyVolunteer-leavingdrydock
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- July 11th 2012 AfricaMercyVolunteer-Walking around Las Palmas
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- July 8th 2012 End of Blog
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- July 6th 2012 AfricaMercyVolunteer-to dry dock
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- June 28th 2012 AfricaMercyShipsVolunteer-Walking in Tenerife
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