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Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community in the northeast section of Spain. It is the second most populous city in Spain with over 1.6 million people. Spain is made up of 17 autonomous regions, with each region given limited power free from the central government. Barcelona was founded as a Roman city. It was conquered by the Visigoths in the 5th century and again by the Arabs in the 8th century. In the late 10th century, Barcelona was pillaged by the army of Almanzor. Most of the people were either killed or enslaved. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castille married leading to the unified country of Spain with Catalonia becoming part of it. Today, Barcelona and Catalonia remain part of Spain but tensions have risen over the years. In 2017, Catalans went out to vote on a referendum that would give the region its' independence. Spanish courts tried to block the vote leading to violence. The vote still took place but it was declared to be illegal and suspended by the Constitutional Court of Spain.
Fun Fact Barcelona was the host city for the 1992 Summer Olympics
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