SPANISH INDEPENDECE WAR
Napoleón, inquieto por la persistencia de la alianza de Portugal con Inglaterra, fuerza a España a declarar la guerra al país vecino, bajo la exigencia de que se impidiera el atraque de la flota británica en puertos portugueses. Godoy ejecuta la invasión que se limita al territorio del centro de Portugal y de sus tierras fronterizas.
El conflicto no llega a un mes de duración, firmándose la Paz de Badajoz el 6 de Junio de 1801, a espaldas del emperador galo. España restituyó las plazas conquistadas, aunque conservó Olivenza y su demarcación, situando la frontera en esta zona en la ribera del Guadiana. En cambio Portugal incorpora el territorio de Brasil a sus territorios y se establecen otros acuerdos territoriales en ultramar.
On the other hand Portugal incorporates the territory of Brazil into your territories and other territorial agreements are established overseas. There were not fulfilled this way the pretensions of France, which was claiming the annexation of a considerable part of the Portuguese territory. Napoleon tries to separate from the government Godoy and faces Carlos IV with the Prince of Asturias D. Fernando. This produces an internal conflict in the Government and the Royal Household, and is the moment of that the emperor takes advantage to invade Spain under the pretext of crossing your territory to conquer Portugal.
The aim of this page is not to describe the development of this contest. There exist many pages that do it with the major authority and historical veracity. Only one tries to highlight the importance of Badajoz as strategic point between both peninsular nations. On the other hand, in the same web, there are pages that highlight the warlike facts very relevant.
Nevertheless the facts happened in these lands have been in certain way, ignored or forgotten, being had by our lands and your peoples, an important hanging debt. It is of waiting that the Bicentenary of this terrible contest, our authorities are capable of "re-placing" in the history, the events lived by our forbears and your generous and heroic contributions. Equally they try to gather those commemorative events related to this war, really peninsular, that are celebrated throughout the year 2008, so much nacional, since internationally and locally. Down below, links are included to interesting sites related by this topic.
Last 11th, in the same place where On May 2, 1808 the people of Madrid, got up against the French invaders, a military stop took place where they paraded with your respective flags, representatives of the armed forces of five countries who fought in the War of the Independence.
The National Commission created for the celebration of the Bicentenary of the War of Independence has celebrated your first meeting. Between other commissioners there appear representatives of six Autonomous Communities (¿?) and the Town halls of Madrid, Aranjuez, Cadiz and Bailén. The history is rewritten, at the moment with the same protagonists, the same heroes, and if perhaps, the the same " secondary actors ".
The Foundation of the Historical Patrimony of Castile and León will promote across diverse actions(performances) the Historical Site(Place) of The Arapiles, close to the Salamancan municipality of the same name where on July 22, 1812...
We know that the Town hall of the Albuera celebrates successfully the annual commemoration of the great battle that was celebrated in the surrounding areas of that population. The recreation that there takes place, has acquired international reputation and there are always present representation the armies who in your fields fought in an absurd war, as absurd as all the wars of the world.
The Town hall of Badajoz glides to repatriate the remains of Manuel de Godoy, Prince of the Peace, to raise a mausoleum on the occasion of 150 Anniversary of your death. We wait that one also to the celebrations of 200 anniversary of the War of the Independence, returning (in it possible) your fortifications the place of honor that corresponds to him, as lot where so many men died, removed from theirs, defending your flags and the interests of your politicians.
Don Benito's Town halls and Medellin prepare to celebrate the Bicentenary of the battle of Medellin, one of the bloody mas of the War of the Independence, where the Spanish army was defeated by the Napoleonic troops, causing the contest a high number of mortal victims for both decrees.
British pipers, two hundred years later...
Collaborations as this one, they are of being grateful.
CICLO DE CONFERENCIAS
Lugar: Real Sociedad Económica Amigos del País. 20'15 horas.
15 de Octubre: GODOY ANTE LA GUERRA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA
D. Enrique Ríspoli.
16 DE OCTUBRE: ESPAÑA 1808-2008. RAZONES DE UN BICENTENARIO
D. Fernando García Cortázar.
27 de Octubre: LAS FORTIFICACIONES DE BADAJOZ
Dª María Cruz Villalón.
28 de Octubre: EL MOTÍN DE ARANJUEZ
D. José Luis Lindo Martínez.
3 de Noviembre: LAS MUJERES EN LA GUERRA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA
Dª María Dolores Herrero.
4 de noviembre: BADAJOZ, CIUDAD EN LA GUERRA DE INDEPENDENCIA
D. Alberto González.
17 de noviembre: EL GENERAL MENACHO Y LA DEFENSA DE BADAJOZ
D. Eduardo García Menacho y Osset.
18 de noviembre: OLIVENZA Y SU PAPEL EN LAS RELACIONES ESPAÑA-PORTUGAL
D. Luis A. Limpo Píriz.
ACTS AND CELEBRATIONS
"EXTREMADURA, EIGHT HUNDRED"
Life and Work of of prominent figures Extremeños illustrate born in 1.800. Organized on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the War of Independence. Library of Estremadura. Until April 4. Of 9'30 to 13'30 and of 17'00 to 20'00.
" HOMENAGE OF THE BRIGADE ESTREMADURA TO THE GENERAL MENACHO"
In yesterday, March 4 the Brigade Estremadura exhausted one honoring to the General Menacho, deceased in 1811 after being reached by a howitzer of artillery, when from the bastion of Santiago, he was directing the defense of Badajoz, before the site of the Napoleonic forces.
THE NOVEL THAT WILL DESTROY
THE BLACK LEGEND ON GODOY
www.1808-1814.org www.peninsularwar.es www.peninsularwar.es w.napoleonguide.com/campaign_peninwar.htm www.britannica.com/eb/article-9059071/Peninsular-War