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Cadiz and Bolonia

January 6th 2011
I’m looking out the window of the enormous, empty ferry at the coastline of Morocco, mountains rising quite impressively out of the Straight of Gibraltar. The huge mountain to our left was one of the pillars of Hercules (the Rock of Gibraltar being the other pillar) that formed the ancient demarcation of the Greek and Roman world. We departed from Algeciras, Spain just half an hour ago an ... read more
Europe » Spain » Andalusia

Spanish Flag 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 ... ... read more
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