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Battle of Chiclana
History and Politics of Spain
Thursday, 03 February 2011

Translated by Dave Fisher from: La Batalla de Chiclana en Pocas Palabras
The leaflet is available in Spanish from Tourist Information Offices or in PDF form here.

Battle of Chiclana

On the 7th of February 1810, the French army entered Chiclana, which was known in those days as “the Villa of Chiclana” and settled down in it to establish part of their forces that would be blockading the city of Cádiz. The following morning the Chief magistrate dictated a decree “That all inhabitants will open their doors to the French to admit they will gladly lodge them as friends and allies without causing them even the smallest molestation; facilitating them with aid that is corresponding, avoiding everything controversial and displeasing them”.

Sancti Petri Castle
History and Politics of Spain
Tuesday, 10 February 2009



Castillo de Sancti PetriPhoto by David Bosque

Sancti Petri Castle is one of the iconic images of the Costa de la Luz, but how much do you know about it? When was it built? Why is it of such archaeological and historical importance? Why did Hannibal and Julius Caesar visit it? 

1812 The First Spanish Constitution
History and Politics of Spain
Wednesday, 19 November 2008

You can’t have failed to notice all the references to the huge celebrations that are being planned for 2012 in Cádiz. They will be the culmination of a series of events over the next three years during which the city will be the centre of attention not only throughout Spain but across the whole of the Central and South America. The 21st Iberoamerican summit – a meeting of Heads of State held every five years – will be in Cádiz in 2012, and the city has been appointed Iberoamerican City of Culture for the same year; both in recognition of the importance of the city’s commemoration of the bicentenary of the Constitution.

So, what is everyone getting so excited about? And what exactly happened in 1812?  

The Spanish Political System
History and Politics of Spain
Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Spanish Politics

Ever wondered about the Spanish political system and whether it’s the same as in the UK? Here is a brief summary of how it works and what the outcome of the 2008 Election was.

Battle of Barrosa 1811
History and Politics of Spain
Saturday, 01 November 2008
This battle is generally known by the Spanish as the Battle of Chiclana. This was a very short but very bloody battle in which nearly five thousand soldiers lost their lives. British and Spanish forces defeated French forces blockading Cádiz. It was a tactical victory but failed to lift the blockade or affect significantly the continuing occupation of Spain by Napoleon’s armies. How much do you know about this bloody battle and do you know what links Barossa Valley wines, guerrilla warfare and Pinar de los Franceses?
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