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Speaking Spanish well is not something that you can achieve over night. There are no miracle solutions and you will never learn Spanish, or any other language for that matter, in 30 days as the adverts try to tell you. But speaking Spanish well is absolutely possible for you and for anyone else who is willing to put in the time and practice. Some will find it easier than others, of course, but everyone can get there in the end if they really want to. I hope these Spanish parallel texts will help you along the way to your goal by providing stimulating subject matter in a format perfectly suited to study. Today’s Spanish Parallel Texts lesson focuses on Spanish history, in particular that of León. Spanish history is one of the most interesting of any country you might care to mention and today we will learn a little of the invasions over the years, from the likes of the Visigoths and Moors, that shaped the country into what it is today. This lesson is part of the Spanish English Parallel Texts Course and all of the lessons in this course are available completely FREE.

Parallel Texts León Parte 2 Historia

In Spanish:

León ha sido una ciudad de gran importancia desde la época romana. Se defendió de los ataques de los visigodos hasta el año 586 d.c., cuando fue tomada por el rey visigodo Leovigildo. Los visigodos fueron una tribu germánica oriental que jugaron un papel destacado en la historia española y fueron un verdadero quebradero de cabeza al final del Imperio Romano. Surgieron por primera vez como un pueblo distinto durante el siglo IV, en un principio en los Balcanes, donde participaron en varias guerras con Roma.

Los invasores musulmanes fueron los siguientes y no fue hasta el año 856 d.C. cuando el rey cristiano Ordoño I trajo una orden cristiana a León. Alfonso III de León y García I de León hicieron de la ciudad la capital del Reino de León y la más importante de las ciudades cristianas de la Península Ibérica. El Reino de León comenzó oficialmente como un reino independiente en el año 910 d.C., convirtiéndose en un imperio que alcanzó el río Ródano, en el siglo XII. León fue una estación de paso para los peregrinos en el Camino de Santiago que conduce a Santiago de Compostela. Con Alfonso V de León, la ciudad tenía la “Fueru de Llion”, una importante carta de privilegios.

En el siglo XVI, comenzó un declive económico y demográfico, que continuó hasta el siglo XIX. En julio de 1936, durante la Guerra Civil española, León se unió a la guerra contra los republicanos. En 1983, León fue añadida a la vecina región de Castilla, para formar la Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla y León. Una proporción importante de personas leonesas apoyan la idea de crear una comunidad autónoma leonesa formada por las provincias de Salamanca, León y Zamora, que tradicionalmente han compuesto la Región Leonesa.

In English:

León has been a city of significant importance since Roman times. It fended off attacks from the Visigoths until 586 AD when it was taken by Visogoth King Leovigild. The Visogoths were an Eastern Germanic tribe that played a prominent role in Spanish history and were a real headache for the late Roman Empire. They first emerged as a distinct people during the fourth century, initially in the Balkans, where they participated in several wars with Rome.

Muslim invaders followed and it was not until 856 AD that Christian King Ordoño I brought a Christian order to León. Alfonso III of León and García I of León made the city the capital of the Kingdom of León and the most important of the Christian cities in Iberia. The Kingdom of León officially started as an independent Kingdom in 910 AD, becoming an Empire that reached the Rhone River in the XII century. León was a way-station for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago leading to Santiago de Compostela. With Alfonso V of León the city had the “Fueru de Llión”, an important letter of privileges.

In the 16th century, economic and demographic decline set in and continued until the 19th century. In July 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, León joined the war against the Republicans. In 1983 León was added to the neighbouring region of Castile, to form the Autonomous Community of Castile and León. A significant proportion of Leonese people support the idea of creating a Léonese autonomous community formed by the provinces of Salamanca, León and Zamora, which have traditionally composed the Leonese Region.

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