Cultural Analysis of Spain

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**this was written as the first stage of analyizing Spain for the introduction of a franchise**

In the beginning, Spain endured a diversified number of cultures. Around 1600 B.C., the Iberians arrived in Spain. Migration into Spain continued from Europe beyond the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. Following the Iberians, came the Celts. The two cultures merged and established a distinctive Celt Iberian culture. In 1492, the Moors, a nomadic, Muslim tribe of North African origin, were driven off of the Iberian Peninsula. Shortly after, several kingdoms on the Iberian Peninsula merged to form what is modern-day Spain.

Spain is located in southwestern Europe and occupies approximately 80% of the Iberian Peninsula. It shares the
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Traditional Spanish food consists of fresh ingredients. Seafood, which is consumed within hours of being caught, as well as meat, are combined with herbs, spices, and lots of olive oil in traditional Spanish cuisine. Because of the increase in the number of fast food restaurants in Spain as well as restaurants from other countries with their own flavors, the traditional food of Spain is starting to decrease but will never be forgotten.

Today's democratic Spain is the product of a long and often troubled history. For much of the twentieth century, Spain was governed by dictatorships, most recently during the years of 1939 through 1975 under General Francisco Franco.

The government of Spain is one of constitutional monarchy. The nation is led by the Spanish head of state, King Juan Carlos I, who began his reign in 1975. Subordinate to the monarchy, there are 3 branches of government, an Executive Branch, a Legislative Branch, and a Judicial Branch.

Although Spain is a kingdom, the King is not the leader of the Spanish government. The Executive Branch is led by the Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar. Also included in this branch are various governmental positions including the First Deputy Prime Minister, Second Deputy Prime Minister, and the Council of Ministers. Additionally, the Executive Branch is responsible for enforcing or carrying out the laws that are made through the Legislative Branch.

The Legislative Branch of the Spanish government is comprised of
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