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Why was the Spanish kingdom in America called New Spain if Spain didn't exist as a country back then?

‘Spain’ in the sense of ‘Hispania’, alluding to the Roman province, certainly existed as a concept at the time, even if the Kingdom didn’t (yet). Indeed, there’s several medieval Kings in the Iberian ...
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Why are Spanish cultures labeled as 'Latin' today, but Italian and eastern Europe cultures aren't?

This is a simple case of meaning that was lost in translation. Latin America translates as "América Latina" in both Portuguese and Spanish. It's the region of the American continent where ...
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Why are Spanish cultures labeled as 'Latin' today, but Italian and eastern Europe cultures aren't?

Why are Spanish cultures labeled as 'Latin' today, but Italian and eastern Europe cultures aren't? All Spanish cultures are labeled as latin, but not "latino". The difference in these two ...
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In the Spanish-American War (1898), who formally declared war first?

Spain formally declared war first on April 23 1898. Documentos presentados á las Cortes en la legislatura de 1898 (Google Books): El estado de guerra existente entre España y los Estados Unidos ...
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Why does the Spanish Military Medical Corps use the Amalfitan Cross?

En concreto, el emblema que identifica a este cuerpo es la Cruz de Malta, un símbolo que identifica al personal militar sanitario desde que en el siglo XII la utilizara la Orden de Malta, una orden ...
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What is the basis of the Spanish claim to Gibraltar?

Noting that this belongs on politics perhaps more than history: The first and most important thing to understand here is that Spain does not claim that it currently has legal sovereignty over ...
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Why did the Siege of Ceuta (1694-1720) take so long?

Resupply by sea The Spanish were able to resupply Ceuta by sea. Moroccans were not capable of preventing that. At that time the Spanish navy was no longer the world's dominant sea power, but more than ...
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What was the value of a late 16th century Spanish Ducat?

The Spanish ducat (ducado castellano) was a gold coin created in 1497 with a value of 375 maravedíes. In 1535, Charles V introduced a new coin, the escudo de oro (golden crown) with a value of 350 ...
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Why are Spanish cultures labeled as 'Latin' today, but Italian and eastern Europe cultures aren't?

The term "Latin America" arose because there was an attitude that the United States and Canada are distinct from the rest of the Americas. The term, like most terms, doesn't fully capture ...
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