4: Famous Spanish-speaking people


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Famous Spanish-speaking people

Looking for famous English-speaking celebrities who speak Spanish too? ...

For celebrities such as footballers, TV newsreaders, actors, comedians who speak other languages....

see up-to-date list on http://www.cilt.org.uk/edl/celebrity.htm

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El Cid (c.1044-1099)

El Cid - you can watch the DVD

One class watched highlights of the DVD/ film about the famous warrior, El Cid - starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. El Cid helped Christian kings and their knights in the Middle Ages (around the time of William the Conqueror). They recaptured large parts of Spain from the Arabs (or "Moors").

Hernán Cortés (1485-1547)

Adventurer and explorer who captured the Aztec empire of Mexico.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Author of the famous novel, "Don Quixote".

M.F.Quintillano (42-118)

A Roman orator who lived in Calahorra when it was ruled by Rome.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Famous Spanish artist who first exhibited work in Paris in 1900, and fell in love with the art scene in Paris.

The death of a Spanish friend led to his "Blue Period" of paintings; he moved to France permanently in 1904. He developed "cubism" with Georges Braque, and had a long friendship with Henri Matisse.

See Section 5: Colours

Self portrait as a young man 1896

Christopher Columbus ( 1451-1506)

Italian-born navigator who led 4 voyages across the Atlantic sponsored by the King and Queen of Spain. In 1492 he "discovered" the New World (although quite a lot of people lived there already! ). He thought he had discovered a new trade route to China, the East Indies islands and India.

His voyages led to the Spanish conquest of the New World, and the disastrous impact of European diseases and the slave trade on native peoples.

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Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus

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