A Primary Source Guide to Spain
Spain, a land of many mountains, is the second-largest country in western Europe. Spain became a mighty world power in the 1500s, thanks to explorers such as Francisco Pizarro and Hernán Cortés, who set up Spanish colonies in the Americas. Readers will be introduced to Spain s government, which is a parliamentary monarchy, its economy, and its Semana Santa religious festival. Popular with tourists, Spain has been an important member of the European Union since 1986.
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