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Small Damages

by Beth Kephart

Small Damages
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    Jul 2012, 304 pages
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    Jul 2013, 304 pages

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A Visit to Seville

Located in the southern part of Spain, Seville is Andalusia's capital and its biggest city. The Guadalquivir River runs through the city, which is close to the Atlantic Ocean.

Seville is the capital of Andalusia in Spain



Iberians founded Seville, which was later the center of many conquests and settlements by the Romans, Vandals and Visigoths. The Moors conquered it in 712 AD, and then Ferdinand the III of Castile did the same in 1248 AD. The city especially prospered during the time of New World discoveries because it served as a port for colonial trade until the 18th century.

Seeped in history and story, Seville is close to the port where Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World, and it is also home of the legendary fictional character, "Don Juan" who left to conquer the hearts of all women everywhere.

Seville has many narrow, winding streets Seville is the setting for the operas The Marriage of Figaro and Carmen, as well as the Barber of Seville. The city is known for its zealous celebration of Holy Week – Semana Santa – every year...

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