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					           Gibraltar




            Steven Dutch
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Gibraltar
Strait of Gibraltar
View of Gibraltar
                      Gibraltar
•   May have been inhabited 100,000 years ago
•   20,000 years ago: The Last Neanderthals?
•   One of the two pillars of Hercules
•   No strategic significance in ancient times
    – No water, wood, arable land, safe anchorage
• Tariq ibn Zayid lands nearby in 711
    – Jebel al-Tariq  Gibraltar
                      Gibraltar
• Spain recaptures Gibraltar 1462
• Dutch fleet destroys Spanish fleet 1607
• Philip II dies childless in 1700
  – Two rival claimants: French and Austrian
  – War of the Spanish Succession
  – Britain takes Gibraltar, 1704
• British Gibraltar
  – Base against pirates
  – Bargaining chip
First Known View, 1567
               British Gibraltar
• Spain did not like losing Gibraltar (and still not
  happy about it)
• Numerous attempts to recapture
• Great Siege 1779-1782
  – Siege ends when Britain returns Florida and
    Minorca to Spain
  – You didn’t even know Britain owned Florida, did
    you?
• Crimean War (1854-56) and Suez Canal (1867)
  finally make strategic value obvious
         Gibraltar in World War II
• 1939: Airfield Constructed
• 1940: Most civilians evacuated
• 1940: Vichy French air raids
• 1940-43: Italian air and frogman raids
• Sabotage by Spanish Agents Working for
  Germany
• 1940-41: Operation Felix
    – German plan to capture Gibraltar
    – Spanish refuse to cooperate
       Gibraltar in World War II
• 1941-42: Operation Tracer
  – Stay-behind team in case of German capture
• 1942: North African campaign
  – Eisenhower uses Gibraltar as HQ
  – 30 miles of tunnels dug, housed 30,000 troops
  – Gibraltar has more tunnel than road
• After 1943, Gibraltar became a Rear Supply
  Base
View From the Top
The Moorish Castle
Waterfall on Gibraltar
Waterfall on Gibraltar
The Real Owners of Gibraltar
Riddled With Caves
St. Michael’s Cavern
Great Siege Tunnels
WWII Tunnel
How Did Gibraltar Come to Be?
The Mediterranean, 200 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 195 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 175 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 165 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 148 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 123 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 110 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 80 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 63 m.y.
The Mediterranean, 53 m.y.
20 Million Years Ago
15 Million Years Ago
6 Million Years Ago
Filling the Mediterranean




        National Geographic, January, 1973

				
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