Catalonia is a Mediterranean country located on the northeastern triangle of the Iberian Peninsula. The country displays a notable geographical diversity in a relatively reduced area of about 32.000 km² and about some 580 km of coastline. Nowadays, Catalonia has more than seven million inhabitants.
Historically, its location has made it a land of peace where different peoples and cultures have come together.
Already inhabited in prehistoric times – the first known fossil remains come from the Middle Paleolithic period -the Catalan territory was colonized by the Greeks who founded the Emporion factory (Empúries) in around 600 BC, which along that of Rode (Roses), would become the two westernmost Greek towns. The presence of Greeks, Phoenicians and Carthaginians along the Catalan coast exerted a decisive influence on the formation of the culture of Iberians, the name given by the Greeks and Romans to the native people living in the hinterland. During the Punic Wars, Emporion kept a strong alliance with Rome, and the Roman armies of Gnaeus Scipio (218 BC), Scipio (210 BC) and of Cato (197 BC) disembarked in its ports to begin the conquest and Romanization of the Iberian Peninsula.
We are interested in how you see our history, especially if you are not Catalan (but Catalans are welcome, too!). If you wish to do so, just comment on the post. Then, we will explain it and give our opinion on the next post. We are looking forward to hearing from you. ;-)