Lead: The fall of Barcelona in early 1939 meant the fall of the Republic.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Catalonia is a vast and rich region in the northeastern quadrant of Spain. For centuries its people have retained their own language, Catalan, and a strong sense of regional identity. Its chief city, the ancient and beautiful Barcelona. Under attack from nationalist rebels under General Francisco Franco whose attempted coup d’etat in July 1936 precipitated the Spanish Civil War, the legitimate and elected Republican government of Spain had retreated northwest from besieged Madrid eventually landing in Barcelona where it established its temporary capital.

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