__________________________

Andalusia



Introduction of Andalusia
The southern part of Spain, bordering on the AtlanticOcean, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the MediterraneanSea, now consisting of the provinces of AlmerРЅa,Cordoba, Huelva, Malaga, Jaen, Granada and Seville, and Cadiz. From the 11th century b.c. Andalusiawas successively colonized by Phoenicians,Greeks, and Carthaginians. The Romans, whoappeared in Spain as early as the third century b.c.,set up Andalusia as the province of Baetica. Afterthe end of brief Visigothic rule in a.d. 711 until thefall of Granada to the Christians in 1492, Andalusiawas the center of Moorish power and culture on theEuropean continent, excelling in both architectureand learning. Following the Christian conquest Andalusiawent into economic decline, though the ports ofCadiz and Seville were active in the maritime seafaringto the New World. In 1833 Andalusia wasdivided into the present eight provinces. During the1930s, before falling to General Francisco Franco'snationalists in the Spanish civil war, Andalusia was,with Catalonia, a hotbed of anarchism.The southern part of Spain, bordering on the AtlanticOcean, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the MediterraneanSea, now consisting of the provinces of AlmerРЅa,Cordoba, Huelva, Malaga, Jaen, Granada and Seville, and Cadiz. From the 11th century b.c. Andalusiawas successively colonized by Phoenicians,Greeks, and Carthaginians. The Romans, whoappeared in Spain as early as the third century b.c.,set up Andalusia as the province of Baetica. Afterthe end of brief Visigothic rule in a.d. 711 until thefall of Granada to the Christians in 1492, Andalusiawas the center of Moorish power and culture on theEuropean continent, excelling in both architectureand learning. Following the Christian conquest Andalusiawent into economic decline, though the ports ofCadiz and Seville were active in the maritime seafaringto the New World. In 1833 Andalusia wasdivided into the present eight provinces. During the1930s, before falling to General Francisco Franco'snationalists in the Spanish civil war, Andalusia was,with Catalonia, a hotbed of anarchism.

Andalusia Images