Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Europe : 400 / 500

Our friend Txabi from the SUBO initiative sent to us these two maps of Europe at the demise of the Roman Empire. They clearly show how the Basque people were one of the first peoples in Europe to regain their sovereignty.

First the map ot Europe in the year 400:

Now a map of Europe in the year 500:

Now you do the math, the Basques as the only masters of their land all the way from the year 500 AD to the year 1522 in which peninsular Navarre was conquered after a long war.

A thousand years of sovereignty, and some say that the Basque people have never been independent and that there has never been a Basque state.

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