23 Facts About Aragon


Aragon is an autonomous community in Spain, coextensive with the medieval Kingdom of Aragon.

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Aragon is home to many rivers—most notably, the river Ebro, Spain's largest river in volume, which runs west–east across the entire region through the province of Zaragoza.

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Climate of Aragon is predominated, in general, by two different climates, the Semi-arid climate and the Oceanic climate.

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Aragon, occupying the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula has served as a bridge between the Mediterranean Sea, the peninsular center and the coasts of the Cantabrian Sea.

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Oldest testimonies of human life in the lands that today make up Aragon go back to the time of the glaciations, in the Pleistocene, some 600 years ago.

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Epipaleolithic was centered in Lower Aragon, occupying the epoch between the 7th and the 5th millennium.

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Arrival of Central Europeans during the Bronze Age by Pyrenees until reaching the Lower Aragon area, supposed an important ethnic contribution that prepared the way to the invasions of Iron Age.

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County of Aragon would be linked to the Kingdom of Pamplona until 1035, and under its wing it would grow to form a dowry of Garcia Sanchez III of Pamplona to the death of the king Sancho "the Great", in a period characterized by Muslim hegemony in almost the entire Iberian Peninsula.

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Under the reign of Ramiro I of Aragon would be extended borders with the annexation of the counties of Sobrarbe and Ribagorza, after having incorporated populations of the historical comarca of Cinco Villas.

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In 1076, on the death of Sancho IV of Pamplona, Aragon incorporated part of the Navarrese kingdom into its territories while Castile did the same with the western area of the former domains of Sancho "the Great".

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The Crown of Aragon would become the hegemonic power of the Mediterranean, controlling territories as important as Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia or Naples.

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Monarch was known as King of Aragon and held the titles of King of Valencia, King of Majorca, Count of Barcelona, Lord of Montpellier, and Duke of Athens and Neopatria.

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Aragon is already a large-scale political entity: the Crown, the Cortes, the Deputation of the Kingdom and the Foral Law constitute its nature and its character.

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The Archive of the Kingdom of Aragon preserved legal documents and records from the Justiciar and the Palace of Deputation or Parliament, unfortunately largely destroyed by the French in the battles of 1809.

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In retaliation, the Generality of Aragon ordered the work of Castilian historian Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas to be burned and commissioned Vicencio Blasco de Lanuza to write an alternative.

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In June 1936, a draft Statute of Autonomy of Aragon was presented to the Cortes Generales but the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War prevented the development of this autonomist project.

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Aragon is divided into three provinces from north to south, named after their capitals: Huesca, Zaragoza and Teruel.

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Traditional dance of Aragon is known as jota and is one of the faster Spanish dances.

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Aragon is among the richest autonomous regions in Spain, with GDP per capita above the nation's average.

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In 1479, King Ferdinand II of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile, a kingdom covering much of the rest of modern Spain.

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Aragon has media set-ups in television, radio and numerous newspapers.

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Aragon Radio, began broadcasting on 18 August 2005 at 5 p m with the sound of drums and drums of Calanda and a group song Zaragoza "The Fish".

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Current coat of arms of Aragon is composed of the four barracks and is attested for the first time in 1499, consolidating since the Early Modern Ages to take root decisively in the 19th century and be approved, according to precept, by the Real Academia de la Historia in 1921.

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