The Rise and Development of Madrid: From Fortress to Capital City

TLDR Madrid, once a fortress during Spain's Islamic era, grew from a small city to the capital of the Spanish Empire due to its central location, neutrality, and defensibility. Over the centuries, Madrid continued to expand and evolve, becoming a major hub for business, technology, and culture in Spain.

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00:00 Madrid, the capital city of Spain, went from nothing to being the capital of the world's largest empire and is now one of the largest cities in Europe.
02:14 Madrid's location on a high plateau and lack of major natural features makes it an unlikely place for a major city, but its origins as a fortress during Spain's Islamic era explain its development.
04:15 In 1561, King Philip II moved his court to Madrid, making it the de facto capital of the Spanish Empire.
06:16 Madrid became the capital of the Spanish Empire due to its central location, neutrality, and defensibility, and its population grew significantly over the 16th and 17th centuries.
08:16 The Hapsburg period of Madrid ended in 1700 with the arrival of Philip V from the House of Bourbon, who began construction on the Palacio Real de Madrid, and the city continued to grow in the 19th century as a hub for business and technology in Spain.
10:22 Madrid remained under Republican control during the Siege of Madrid, which lasted for almost three years and ended with the city falling to nationalist forces in 1939, effectively ending the Spanish Civil War.
12:25 Madrid's central location and Spain's high-speed rail network make it easy to travel to other parts of the country, and the city itself has a rich history dating back to its origins as a fortified outpost of the Islamic Caliphate.
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