OT: Madrid Day

The Day of the Autonomous Community of Madrid (Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Dos de Mayo) is a public holiday in the autonomous community of Madrid, Spain. It marks the anniversary of the uprising against French troops on 2 May 1808. In early 1808 French troops occupied a large part of Spain and gained control of Madrid on 23 March 1808. The people of Madrid rebelled against the occupation on 2 May 1808. The French troops brutally repressed the rebellion. These events sparked the Spanish War of Independence that lasted until 17 April 1814. In the enclosed paintings, Goya immortalized the uprising and the brutal repression that took place on the next day.




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