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    Is the dispute about the status of Navarre only because there are many Spanish-only speakers there, or are there a lot of resources in that province that non-Basque people want to keep for themselves?

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    by MichaelNY on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:36:02 PM PDT

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    •  Navarre has not many key natural resources (3+ / 0-)

      There is not strong minning, or other things. The basis of the economy of Navarre is the manufacturing like in the rest of the Basque Country. Also all the Basque territory has very close GDP per inhabitant level. There are not poor or rich areas.

      It is more a political fight.

      In the time of the Spanish Civil War, Iruña-Pamplona and Gasteiz-Vitoria (the capitals of Navarre and Araba) were cities with very important Spanish military prescence that came from the XIX century wars. And that make the Francoism dominated both territories very fast. One of the Francoist coup leaders, the general Emilio Mola, was based in Navarre.

      As you can see in the link about the genocide, in Navarre the 1.13% of the population was executed by the Francoism, and that makes the opposition to Francoism and to the Spanish right weaker.

    •  To add to abgin's information (2+ / 0-)
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      Navarre also has a very important agricultural sector, for example until fairly recently Navarre produced 50% of the sparragus in the world, great artichokes, red piquillo peppers, and much more. It also has an excellent wine producing region.

      There is a clear connection between the Basques from the north and Navarre, but it is the subject of very heated debates if Basques and Navarrans are the same people. The bottom line is that the Kings of Navarre spoke basque, and the kingdom of Navarre was a very strong kingdom and dominated parts of what is today the Basque region. Not only was Navarre strong in that particular region but also in Castille. Navarre played a key role in the reconquista and the famous battle of las Navas de Tolosa against the Almohad Caliphate in which Sancho VII played the key role that won the battle and was also the unifying force behind the Christian Kingdoms of Spain which did not always get along. The Kingdom of Castille would have not survived at a few points in its history if it were not for the intervention of the Kingdom of Navarre.  Castille had a few internecine hereditary disputes in its history and several times these disputes were settled by the Navarrans.

      "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -John F. Kennedy

      by basquebob on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 01:32:16 PM PDT

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