National Geographic: The Soul of Spain


and executions will cost

the nation half a million lives

With the fall of Madrid

General Francisco Franco

commander of the

victorious Nationalist troops

assumes powers greater than those of

any monarch in Spain's history

Nationalist, rightist, and authoritarian

the dictator Franco embarks on 36 years

of repressive control

When World War II rages across Europe

the wily Franco manages to keep Spain

out of the conflict

The role of women remains static

circumscribed by church tradition

and male domination

Physically shattered and spiritually

crippled in the long aftermath of war

the nation will need years to heal

Franco orders construction of the

Valley of the Fallen

to commemorate the Civil War dead

Although named E1 Caudillo

The Leader for life

he knows that someday he too will

find his final resting place here

Believing a monarchy would best

serve Spain

Franco selects as his successor

the grandson of the last king

Born in exile

Juan Carlos first set foot

on Spanish soil at age ten

His father

legitimate heir to the throne

had acquiesced to Franco's desire

to educate the boy

The prince would spend four years

in the Army, Navy

and Air Force academies

attend university

and complete his studies at a number

of government ministries

The nation observes the end of an era

For nearly four decades Franco had made

all of Spain's important decisions

Juan Carlos, rarely seen except

in Franco's shadow

was perceived to be molded in his image

Would the nation again erupt in rebellion?

Juan Carlos swore his allegiance

to the constitution and the people

"Desde la motion en el recuerdo Franco,

viva elrey!"


Viva Espagna!


Perceptive and intelligent

he had privately concluded Spain

must embark on a new course secretly

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