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La Línea de la Concepción
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La Línea de la Concepción
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Its origins go back to the loss of Gibraltar in 1704. In that year, Felipe V ordered the siege of this fortified town in order to overcome the English who had occupied it without beeing at war with Spain. The siege is lifted when the first attempt to recover the town fails. For the vigilance of the isthmus, a permanent garrison is established in this region, and the Military Government of the Area of Giraltar is created.

In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht is signed, according to which Spains hands over Gibraltar to England. The English initiate a policy of expansion beyond the limits of the fortress, and it is necessary to build a fortified town in 1730, La Línea de Gibraltar, constituted by different fortifications which stop any communication with Gibraltar.

At the beginning of the XIX century, due to the invasion of the Napoleonic troups, Spain signs an alliance of mutual defense with England, in order to fight the French. The English profit from this fact to destroy the fortifications of La Línea de Gibraltar, with the pretext that this fortress could fall to the French.

The formation of the modest hamlet, which in the course of time would become the city of La Línea de la Concepción, started when hostilities stopped, and thus people coming from nearby villages arrived at this place.

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