Interesting Facts About Spain That You Shouldn’t Miss

Interesting Facts About Spain

In 1894, Japan offered to buy the Philippines from Spain for 40 million pounds.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, with 329 million native speakers in the world.

Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo  discovered California.

Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe after France and second most mountainous country after Switzerland.

The oldest known cave painting is found in the Cave of El Castillo in Spain.

Dragon tree found in Canary island was once thought to be the source of dragon’s blood because its orange fruit which contains a thick, red liquid.

One of the country’s best known works of fiction is the novel Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616).

The first novel, Tirant lo Blanc (1490), was written by Spanish author Joanot Martorell. It played an important role in the development of the Western novel.

In 1492, Ferdinand V of Aragon and Queen Isabella paid Christopher Columbus to explore the west in search of a new route to India. Columbus landed on one of the islands of the Bahamas by mistake. His mistake made Spain one of the richest nations in the world for a time.

Spain has a very low divorce rate, and few children are born outside of marriage.

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