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 Santander
Latest Blogs from Santander
- September 9th 2012 I heart Spain....
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- September 9th 2012 Santander
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- January 30th 2012 New Year!
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- January 8th 2012 Santander - Beautiful Coastal City
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- June 20th 2011 Spain to Switzerland
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- June 10th 2011 Spain so far
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- October 13th 2010 La Semana del Deporte en Santander
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- October 9th 2010 Its the end of September/October N I'm still at the beach... BOO YA!
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- September 30th 2010 Another Year in Spain Begins...in Santander!
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- September 15th 2010 A little info about Santander
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- September 15th 2010 The Magdalena Peninsula..
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- August 1st 2010 Santander
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- May 4th 2010 Un fin de semana en Santander
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- March 17th 2010 To the Cantabrian Sea!
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- December 14th 2009 Heaven on Earth (Santander/Santa Cruz de Bezana)
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- September 20th 2009 Into the mountains
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- July 30th 2009 Anecdotal nonsence
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- May 20th 2009 Generosity is out there..
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- March 23rd 2009 SPAIN
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- August 28th 2008 North of Spain
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