Tuesday, 11 September 2007

A date: the 11th of September

"Onze de setembre" Lluis Alaves


On 11 September 1714, with the fall of Barcelona after street to street fighting and nearly 4000 dead, Catalonia was finally defeated by the Spanish troops of Felipe V of Bourbon.

Catalonia had been a sovereign nation up to this point. It lost its national rights and liberties, its own laws were abolished and Catalan language and culture were banned.

With some of these rights restored, it is now the National Day of Catalonia and a holiday

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