Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Worldly Wednesday: Spain

Since Columbus sailed in the name of Spain, we will be studying Spain today.

-capital is Madrid; other major cities include Barcelona, Valencia, and Seville

-located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe (vocabulary word: peninsula; use a compass rose to find southwest)

-used the peseta for currency until 2002 when they switched over to the euro

-Spain is a constitutional monarchy. King Juan Carlos I is the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the miitary and President Jose Luis Rodrigues Zapatero is the President of the Government.

-Spanish is the only nationally recognized official language in Spain.

-Flamenco dancing is Spanish dance and music form. You can see a very talented 15 year old demonstrate Flamenco dancing here. The instruments in her hands are called castanets and belong in the percussion family.

-Another common Spanish custom is bullfighting and the running of the bulls.

-No lesson would be complete without food from the region. Here are some recipes:



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