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BOSSÓST, SPAIN
September 23-27, 2004

 

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Hosts: Bud Grader and Rita Mehos

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Val D’Aran - The Valley of Valleys

Cut off from the outside for centuries, the Val d’Aran has evolved its own language, the Aranes, which is only spoken in the valley. It is based on elements of Gascon and Catalan, plus a generous sprinkling of Basque vocabulary.

Val D’Aran has strong historical links to both France and Spain, and was a source of conflict as long ago as 1192, when it passed from the counts of Comminges to the kings of Aragon. In 1808 Napoleon announced its annexation, sending 2.500 French troops. The valley was a stronghold of Republicanism during the Spanish Civil War and a refuge for the defeated afterwards, safe behind passes snowed up half the year. It was invaded by Franco’s army in 1944, to completely suppress the Republican resurgence.Cut off from the outside for centuries, the Val d’Aran has evolved its own language, the Aranes, which is only spoken in the valley. It is based on elements of Gascon and Catalan, plus a generous sprinkling of Basque vocabulary.

Val D’Aran has strong historical links to both France and Spain, and was a source of conflict as long ago as 1192, when it passed from the counts of Comminges to the kings of Aragon. In 1808 Napoleon announced its annexation, sending 2.500 French troops. The valley was a stronghold of Republicanism during the Spanish Civil War and a refuge for the defeated afterwards, safe behind passes snowed up half the year. It was invaded by Franco’s army in 1944, to completely suppress the Republican resurgence.