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Few occasions in our heritage have had such lasting outcomes because the Union of 1707, however it is mostly misrepresented and misunderstood. there's no strong explanation for this as the proof are transparent from the brilliant and clever bills of a lot of these concerned. it's a attention-grabbing and amazing tale. Paul Scott, who has researched those modern debts for a few years, explains how the Union happened, mostly within the phrases of significant members who both made the Union or resisted it.

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This was particularly true for Spain, which became the admira- 23 24 Spain and Portugal tion and model of all Europe. By the 18th century, however, the South American mines might still, on occasion, yield treasure trove, but in a larger sense the Golden Age of Iberia (Siglo de Oro) was over. Even today Spaniards unhesitatingly proclaim Miguel de Cervantes, creator of the immortal Don Quixote, their greatest literary figure. Cervantes was but one of a galaxy of literary geniuses that included Mateo Alemán, master of the picaresque genre; the Renaissance poets Juan Boscán and Garcilaso de la Vega; the baroque poets Luis de Góngora and Francisco de Quevedo; and the mystically oriented Juan de la Cruz (St.

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By early summer 1898 an American expedition had landed in Cuba and, ignoring Havana, marched across the island brushing aside halfhearted resistance. After a fierce assault on the landward defenses of Santiago, the Americans captured the city. S. expeditionary force had meanwhile sailed across the Pacific, captured the Marianas on the way, and joined forces with the American ships that had annihilated the Spanish vessels in Manila Bay. Already besieged by Filipino rebels, the defenders of Manila quickly surrendered.

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