As most people don't know about the Catalonians or the
Basque, it has become more important for us to make the
world aware that the Castilians (Spaniards) are not
the only ethnicity in the Iberia peninsula.
Many people realize the difference of the Portuguese
in this land, but for some reason believe everyone in
Spain dances the flamenco (a gypsy dance) or even imagine
latin american dances (which is not the case at all).
Spain is a European country, with its history imbedded
in this. While present day Spain is only 300 years old,
most people assume everyone in Spain to be 'spanish',etc,etc.
We in Catalonia and the Basque country resist such charges, as
we are unique and have our own customs and languages. What is more,
we have been independent and have had our kingdoms and so forth.
I'm honestly a nationalist, which does not mean I dislike or
which tragedy on anyone, be him Castilian or otherwise. However,
I believe in the independence of Catalonia and the Basque country.
We, a people who did not come to butcher the ancestors of "latin"
americans. A people who held other lands such as Sicily, Sardinia, parts of
Napoles and Greece.
There are many great books about Catalonia, whether in your travel
section or history section of Barnes and Noble, etc. I recommend you look at
them. But, if you have time online, then just type in Catalunya or Catalonia.
There is an american who has a great site. Her name is Mary Martin.
If you also want to search Catalan names, look up "Sallent,Oriol,Bertran,
Talk to you soon...