Gonzalo Guerrero, the Spanish castaway who became a Mayan and fought against the conquistadors

When we talk about miscegenation in reference to the ethnic and cultural fusion that the conquest of America by the Spanish meant, there is a character that embodies it almost emblematically. He is Gonzalo Guerrero, a shipwrecked man who, after years of living with a Mayan tribe, became naturalized, formed a family and even fought…Continue readingGonzalo Guerrero, the Spanish castaway who became a Mayan and fought against the conquistadors

Gutisko Razda, the language spoken by the Visigoths

Visigoths were a branch of the Goths, who in turn belonged to the East Germanic tribes that between 600 and 300 BC migrated from Scandinavia to the region between the Oder and Vistula rivers. Some researchers believe that the Visigoths are the same people as the Thervingi, as the sixth century AD historian Jordanes says…Continue readingGutisko Razda, the language spoken by the Visigoths

The Missal of Silos, the oldest European book made of paper

Egyptians wrote on papyrus, a material made from the plant of the same name (Cyperus papyrus) that grows on the banks of the Nile, before the 30th century BC. Later, during the Greco-Roman antiquity, the use of parchment became popular, made from sheep or goat skins tanned and polished to allow the fixing of the…Continue readingThe Missal of Silos, the oldest European book made of paper

Thurn und Taxis, the family that controlled Europe’s postal mail until the 18th century

When we call a taxi we are not only asking for a transport service; implicitly, we evoke the surname of an illustrious aristocratic family of German origin that received the privilege of exploiting in monopoly the postal services of the Holy Roman Empire at the end of 1489. At least that is what the popular…Continue readingThurn und Taxis, the family that controlled Europe’s postal mail until the 18th century

4 Best Water Experiences to Have in Tarifa

People might know Spain mostly due to Antoni Gaudí’s designed stunning landmarks in Barcelona and its artistic capital, Madrid. But little do people know that this European hub of culture and art also has Tarifa – a small pack with an abundance of nature’s colors and beautiful landscapes. Tarifa, a small town located on the southernmost…Continue reading4 Best Water Experiences to Have in Tarifa

The sinking of the San Diego, the Spanish galleon that carried Japanese mercenaries to stop a Dutch invasion

Maybe you’ve heard of Franck Goddio. He is a submarine archaeologist, born in Morocco but of French nationality, who a couple of decades ago discovered the location of the Egyptian city of Heracleion under sea and has also directed some important excavations around Alexandria. But, above all, he has become famous for his work on…Continue readingThe sinking of the San Diego, the Spanish galleon that carried Japanese mercenaries to stop a Dutch invasion

How Galileo Galilei made calculations for the Statue of Philip IV in Madrid

Does a sculptor have to resort to mathematics to make a statue? Moreover, would he need a wise man like Galileo Galilei? Well, as incredible as it may seem, that happened in Madrid in the middle of the 17th century: between 1634 and 1640 the Italian artist Pietro Tacca had to ask the famous sage…Continue readingHow Galileo Galilei made calculations for the Statue of Philip IV in Madrid