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El Caudillo
There has been plenty of stories about men in history but none like the one of Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco Bahamonde. Francisco came to power promptly after the start of the Spanish Civil War. He led the Nationalist Army to victory. After the war ended in 1939, Franco held complete control of Spain. His administration was similar to a Fascist autocracy. He carried out the functions of chief of state, prime minister, commander in chief, and leader of the Falange. In this, he adopted the title of El Caudillo, “the leader”. Although a fairly recent figure in Spain’s history, Francisco Franco played a significant role in Spain during his time and in the years since.
Francisco was born on December 4, 1892 in the naval town El Ferrol in the Galician region. His parents were Nicolás and Pilar Bahamonde and he had four siblings, one of which died in early childhood. Franco’s parents were complete opposites. His father was a drunkard and a womanizer, had no religious interests, rejected conventional moral values and when at home was strict and bad tempered, and when Francisco joined the Infantry Academy, his father left the family for good. However, his mother was loving and supporting, and passed on the belief of hard work and dedication. She was also a very religious, Catholic woman in which she passed on her Catholic-conservative values that Francisco portrayed later in his life (Jensen 4). His two older brothers grew up to be similar to his father,
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