thus more than half of Zaragoza gave their lives in Napoleon’s butcher shop in 1809

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Daniel Aquillué (Zaragoza, 1989) says that the first time he heard about the sieges of Napoleon’s troops to his hometown, in 1808 and 1809, it was through a historical reenactment carried out by the Volunteers Association of Aragon. Has this happened in my city? He thought. At that time he was only 15 years old, but it impacted him so much that he started reading the ‘National Episodes’ by Benito Pérez Galdos. I was amazed. Imagine, a boy of that age discovering all those battles in his city … My head exploded! How was it possible that he did not know it? From there I started scratching and I realized that there were passages equal to or more interesting than the confrontations themselves and that,

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