Notes on the Geography of Spain: Seville: Photo 1
A strange place to begin, but here--under restoration in 2003--is a reminder of the days when Seville was Spain's jumping-off point for the New World. This was literally a golden age for Seville. It didn't last long: the city was devastated by the plague in 1649, and the Guadalquivir's navigability was gradually reduced by siltation. The city's decline was made public for all to see by the Casa de Contratacion, the body controlling trade with the Americas: in 1717 it moved to Cadiz.
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