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With the coronation of the two Catholic rulers Ferdinand and Isabella in 1479 the country of Spain slowly began to unite Piece by piece the King and Queen recaptured once lost lands and built their empire In 1516 Carlos V rose to power establishing the Hapsburg reign The Hapsburg ruled for nearly two hundred years until the death of Charles II With him died a Golden Age for Spain that the Catholic rulers established Spain fell into a time of mass poverty disorganization and lackadaisical rule One force that was structured in Spain was the church Catholicism was not only a religion in Spain but also a significant influence in society At the time however it did little to improve the conditions Classes were heavily lopsided The middle class was almost non-existent and the upper class monopolized agricultural land The provinces of Aragon La Mancha and Castile were where most of the poverty and depression was concentrated Costal cities like Cadiz and Madrid were where prosperity existed In the midst of commencing political and aristocratic turmoil was born one of the most talented and patriotically concerned artists Spain has ever seen On March 30 1745 in the rural town of Fuendetodos Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes was born He was born poor and at the fall of the Hapsburg Monarchy Goyas father was the son of a notary or a small time lawyer and his mother Dona Gracia Lucientes was a hidalgo Hidalgos were the lowest order in Spanish nobility Goya was still a boy when he and his family moved to the city of Saragossa Saragossa contained more life than the rural city of Fuendetodos Here he began school where he barely learned to read and write After attending elementary school Francisco went to a Jesuit school or college It was here where the foundation of his career was laid It was recommended that he develop his natural skills in drawing A
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