José Moñino Redondo, the Count of Floridablanca was a Spanish politician. He was born in Murcia, and he lived in the 18th century. In my opinion, he was a very important character in the Spanish history.

He started his studies in Murcia, and then he moved to Orihuela to continue. In 1748 he obtained the title of lawyer, and his contacts  with influential characters like the Duke of Alba facilitated his entry into the Council of Castilla.

Portrait of King Charles III

In reward for some of his services (such as acting against the instigators of the Esquilache mutiny in Cuenca), the King Carlos III named him Count of Floridablanca in 1773.

He became part of “the generation of the politicians of Carlos III” who helped to modernize the Bourbon monarchy in various areas (social, economic, political), introducing a reformism inspired by The Enlightenment that at the time began to spread all over Europe.

He has made some of the best contributions in Spanish History so far. In my opinion it is incredible that from being a lawyer he became such an important person working for the government of a country.

 

LISA LAI LIN 4º A

 

You’ll never guess where I was these spring holidays … Murcia! Early in the morning, my cousin and I took the bus to the town centre.

We went to Murcia that day (1 st Tuesday after Easter holidays) because it was the “Bando de la Huerta” in Murcia. There was a big party there, and people dressed up just like people used to do in the 21 th century. There were a lot of activities too!

For example: The election of the Queen of the Garden - consisted of passing certain general culture and communication tests, and if you pass them, you’ll take the Crown ofAzahar” (lemon blossom).

At night, we went to the “Barracas”-they were establishments where you could eat the typical Murcia food, for example: Black pudding and sausages. (There was a lot of meat!).

We didn’t stay until very late because we were very tired, so we went home early.

It was a fantastic day! We had the best time!      

LISA LAI LIN (4ºESO A)

 

Murcia, whose original name was Madina Mursiyah, is a city founded in 831 by Abd-Al-Rahman II in a privileged enclave, in the middle of the Segura River Valley. During the reign of Alfonso X of Castile, Murcia was one of his capitals, together with Toledo and Seville.

Alfonso X of Castile in his court.

There are many archaeological remains of Arab origins, such as the Convent of the Claras. The Christian era has also left a mark on the city, as it happens in the streets of Trapería and Platería.

As an impressive monument in Murcia, we find the Cathedral as a witness of the passage of time. Its construction began in 1394, and it is a combination of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles.

Archaeological remains in Plaza de Verónicas.

Murcia has been the capital of the province of Murcia since 1833 and, with its creation by the central government in 1982, it became capital of the autonomous community, which includes both the city and the province.

Since then, it has become the seventh most populated municipality in Spain, and a thriving services city.

 

DANIEL  HERNÁNDEZ  MESEGUER   1º C  E.S.O.