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|Spain is located on the
Iberian Peninsula, and is cut off from the rest of Europe
by the Pyrenee Mountains.
Population: 38 million
Geographic size: 208,000 square miles
Major cities and population: Madrid, Barcelona
|Much of central Spain a
plateau surrounded by mountain ranges. There are some
low-lands along the coast.
For much of this century, most Spanish people lived in small villages and towns. Today, tourism and industry are bringing people to the larger cities and coastal areas.
|The area has many beautiful palaces and cathedrals, some dating back hundreds of years.|
|Large fishing fleets are
based on the coast.
Iron mining is another major industry. The iron is used to make steel and other manufactured products
|Spain is one of the world's
largest exporter of citrus fruits including oranges,
mandarins and lemons.
Grapes are also grown for producing wine.
|The Moors from Africa rule
much of the Iberia Peninsula in the 8th century.
Spanish explorers played a major role in discovering the world, and establishing Spanish colonies around the world.
Many palaces and cathedrals still exist from several centuries ago.
|People of Spain include a
variety of cultures including Portuguese, Spanish,
Galicians, Catalans and the Basques.
Fairs, fiestas, and religious celebrations still play a major part in Spanish lives. People dress in costume and parade through the town.
Bull fighting is an ancient tradition that still continues today.
|On the plateau, the summers are very hot and dry, while the winters can reach freezing temperatures.|