The community of Valencia is considered an actually nationality, similar to Cataluña, according to its Statute of Automony. Located on the central southeast coast of Spain, the main languages are Spanish and Valencian. Having been a part of the Kingdom of Aragon, it maintained some independence from the Kingdom of Castile until the War of Spanish Succession in 1707. During the time of Franco’s rule, it was prohibited to either speak or teach the language of Valencian, and it wasn’t until after Franco’s rule that Valencia began to gain its autonomy. Its most important legacy, in my opinion, however – the paella!!!

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