The History Of Spain

Written by Jason Herbert

The History of Spain, and how it all begun.

The Iberian Peninsula was first inhabited around 8000,000 BC and has long been subject to foreign influences. The history of Spain starts from 11th century BC, it was colonized by sophisticated Eastern Mediterranean civilizations, starting withrepparttar Phoenicians thenrepparttar 149857 Greeks andrepparttar 149858 Carthaginians. The Romans arrived in Spain in 218BC to fightrepparttar 149859 Carthaginians, this sparked offrepparttar 149860 Second Punic War. They harvestedrepparttar 149861 peninsulas agricultural and mineral wealth and established cities with aqueducts, temples and theaters.

Inrepparttar 149862 early 5th century AD withrepparttar 149863 fall ofrepparttar 149864 Roman Empire, Visigothic invaders fromrepparttar 149865 North assumed power. They were off poor political organization but this made it easy prey torepparttar 149866 Moors from North Africa. Inrepparttar 149867 8th century ofrepparttar 149868 history of Spainrepparttar 149869 peninsula came almost entirely under Moorish rule. Europes only major Muslim territory,repparttar 149870 civilization of Al Andalus excelled in mathematics, geography, astronomy and poetry. Inrepparttar 149871 9th and 10th centuries Cordoba was Europes leading City.

Fromrepparttar 149872 11th century, northern Christian kingdoms initiated a military reconquest of Al Andalus. The marriage of Fernando Aragon and Isabel of Castile in 1469,repparttar 149873 so called Catholic Monarchs, led to Spanish unity. They took Granada,repparttar 149874 last Moorish kingdom in 1492. Inrepparttar 149875 same year Columbus discovered America, openingrepparttar 149876 way forrepparttar 149877 Spanish conquistadors, who plunderedrepparttar 149878 civilization ofrepparttar 149879 New World ofrepparttar 149880 history in Spain.

Train to Los Mochis

Written by David Westbrook

The start to perhapsrepparttar most glorious train ride in North America, and certainly in all of Mexico, starts inrepparttar 149798 city of Chihuahua, which lies inrepparttar 149799 northern Mexico state that's its name sake. The city of Chihuahua is a pleasant town that lies at an elevation of approximately 4550 feet. The city is worth a visit if for no other reason than to catchrepparttar 149800 train to Los Mochis. However, you would be missing quite a lot if you did not allow yourself a few hours here. Sincerepparttar 149801 train leaves from Chihuahua early inrepparttar 149802 morning, you might as well arrive mid-day before your travels and see whatrepparttar 149803 city has to offer.

You might start your site seeing at one ofrepparttar 149804 museums. The regional museum (Museo Regional, has exquisite fine art rooms. The child's room features scenes from Little Red Riding Hood, whilerepparttar 149805 bathroom has frogs playing among reeds. Onrepparttar 149806 art side, there is alsorepparttar 149807 Museo de Arte Popular, which is worth a visit. If your tastes run more historical you might want to visitrepparttar 149808 former house of Benito Juarez which is now Museo de Casa de Juarez. If you feelrepparttar 149809 spirits of revolutionaries in Chihuahua, it is of little wonder as Pancho Villa once capturedrepparttar 149810 town by disguising his men as peasants on their way to market. The Good Sunday Market is certainly worth a visit.

The train journey to Los Mochis is spectacular and while it may be best done from Los Mochis to Chihuahua, due torepparttar 149811 numerous sites onrepparttar 149812 Los Mochis end, it is a must for any traveler headed south through Mexico. The journey takes you acrossrepparttar 149813 Sierra ofrepparttar 149814 Tarahumara Indians who are famous for their running abilities. In their native tongue, they are known asrepparttar 149815 Raramuri which literally translated means "those who run fast."

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