Spanish society emerged from a long and brutal dictatorship with a strong desire for freedom and democracy. This desire shows up in the Constitution they wrote in 1978 and in the Spanish government they created as a result.
So, what type of government does Spain have? I’ll explain it in detail in this post, including the transition years once the dictatorship ended and the roles of...Read More
The history of the Spanish language is a harrowing tale of thirst for power, territory, and domination among various factions around the world. It helped build the Spanish empire while it adopted foreign words and adapted to new regions under siege.
¡Vamos a aprender la fascinante historia del idioma español!
Español is a member of the broad family of Indo-European...Read More
Extensive conflict marked the 20th century. What most often comes to mind are the two world wars. However, there was also a critical internal conflict in Spain that impacted world affairs and foreshadowed some events to come.
This conflict was the Spanish Civil War.
Why did this war occur? Who won? Why is it important to world affairs? We will learn about all of that and...Read More
You’re probably familiar with the British monarchy. But, did you know that the Spanish royal family is a European monarchy with a fascinating history, too?
The monarchy of Spain is called “The Crown” in the Spanish constitution, and it is the highest office in the land. Keep reading to learn more about the long and sordid history of the Spanish royal family!
Spanish Royal Family...Read More
Every year on October 4th, people around the world celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He is one of the most famous and loved Catholic saints.
Whether you’ve celebrated the Feast of St. Francis de Assisi all your life or this is your first time, there’s so much to learn, especially in your second language! In this blog post, we’ll briefly review the life of St. Francis,...Read More
The unique beauty of Antigua, Guatemala is hard to match. This old Latin American city, seemingly frozen in time with its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It acquired the heritage status by having been “the cultural, economic, religious, political and educational centre for the entire region until the capital was moved,” according to...Read More
What do you remember about the conquering of the New World? Maybe Christopher Columbus, gold, and Spanish conquistadors come to mind.
Even though the conquistadors have earned fame for their trips and settlements, more about their cruel acts and treatment of the settlers are coming to light. Let’s learn more about the truth behind the stories by looking at the five most brutal Spanish...Read More
Miguel de Cervantes is the most important and celebrated figure in Spanish literature. His novel Don Quixote has been translated into over 60 languages with editions still printed regularly.
Miguel de Cervantes wrote much more than his famous masterpiece, however; he dabbled in a variety of major literary genres. He was a notable short-story writer, and a few gems in his 1613 collection...Read More
When you think of the Spanish language and countries that have been influenced by Spanish, what countries do you think of? Are there any countries outside of Latin America that come to mind? Some areas of the world have endured extreme cultural changes due to colonialism by the Spanish crown, including what once was called The Spanish Philippines.
The Spanish Philippines
The 7,000...Read More
Let’s travel back in time to March 31, 1927, in the small city of Yuma, Arizona. On that day almost one hundred years ago, Cesar Estrada Chavez was born to Mexican-American parents. While his parents welcomed him to the world with joy, little did they know the huge influence that their baby boy would have on the United States. He was destined to change the rights of agricultural workers...Read More