Basque

Who were the Basques? ---

 

The Basques were great fishermen.

 

 They were an almost mythical people whose origins are still not certain to this day, although there have been theories such as:  They were descendents from Germany, The Celts, or perhaps Morocco.  They speak a language so complex that it is said only those born into a household speaking this tongue are able to speak it themselves.  There is no word for Basque in its own language, therefore it is called Euskera.  The Basques are the oldest of European civilizations.

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 The common blood-type of the Basque is O, and often contains an Rh factor which is toxic to an unborn baby in a mother who has the Rh factor.  In the days of old, many babies were either still born or miscarried due to this fact.  Therefore, the population was small.  Today, thanks to the aid of modern medicine, this problem can be combated.

 Basques were great fishermen, being that they lived by the sea, and are notable for their many delicious seafood entrees, as well as many myths and tales of strange and wondrous creatures at sea such as the mermaid. 

 Basque-land is located in Northern Spain.  Today, the population has grown to over 2 million, and this is a thriving, industrious culture which strives to keep on top of new technology, science, medicine, as well as the building and modernization of its cities. 

  The city of Bilbao is a popular place to visit, having railways, hotels, museums and modern conveniences. 

  There is actually very little written about this fascinating group of Europeans.  One good book I may suggest is:  The Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky.  Within these pages you will find an interesting history concentrating around 1700 and forward, samples of the language, which to me, resembled a conglomeration of German and Greek with a syntax so vague it feels like a tongue not of this world. 

  I have yet to find any books concentrating fully on the Basques in the time of Elizabeth—1600’s.  I have found mentions of them in some books.  Therefore I’ve used my imagination to build an idea of them, based on their cultural traits and what I know of life in Europe at that time for the new novel, The Man in the Frockcoat. 

  I have found books on Spanish history equally difficult to get my hands on as well, although there are some examples of the culture in a few instances in The Wives of Henry The Eighth, the section about Katherine Of Argon. 

I will post more on this page as I find new books on these subjects.

  Added: As I have study some of the historical backgrounds of people from deep south Texas, I have found that some of them originated from Spain in the Basque-land and mixed with Yaqui Indians.  This kind of person is often referred to as a Mestizo--someone who is mixed with Indian and Spanish European.