From the Dutch Revolt

Many Spanish politicians tell that Spain’s history begun in 1469, when the crowns of the Christian kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were united by the marriage of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. In 1492, the combined forces of Castile and Aragon captured the Emirate of Granada, ending the last remnant of a 781-year presence of Islamic rule in Iberia. This marriage led to what would become the Kingdom of Spain under King Philip II, son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The Crown of Aragon existed until it was abolished by the Nueva Planta decrees issued by King Philip V in 1716 as a consequence of the defeat of Archduke Charles in the War of the Spanish Succession (1714, September 11th).

Spanish politicians argue that Catalonia has no history. So, Catalonia has no right to decide. For instance, the Spanish ambassador to the United Kingdom, Federico Trillo, sent a letter to Financial Times in which he claims that Scotland and Catalonia are very different cases: “Scotland was an independent nation and has been part of the United Kingdom since the Scottish parliament decided freely to join in the 18th century. By contrast, Catalonia was part of the wider Kingdom of Aragon and has been an integral part of Spain since its inception, more than five centuries ago”.

Let’s reduce Trillo’s arguments to absurdity:

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