Fuente de Cantos

Fuente de Cantos

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Fuente de Cantos
Location of Fuente de Cantos within Extremadura
Coordinates: 38°14′48″N 6°18′33″W / 38.24667°N 6.30917°W / 38.24667; -6.30917
Country Spain
Autonomous community Extremadura
Province Badajoz
Comarca Tentudía
Partido judicial Zafra
Government
  Mayor Maximina Delgado Berjano
Area
  Total 251 km2 (97 sq mi)
Elevation 582 m (1,909 ft)
Population (2009)
  Total 5,039
  Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Fuente de Cantos (Extremaduran: Huenti de Cantus) is a municipality located in the province of Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain.

Location

The town is located on the old road N-630, now highway A-66, about 100 kilometers from Badajoz and about 80 kilometers from the regional capital, Mérida .

History

The Spanish Civil War period

In 1934 the mayor of the town was a Socialist by the name of Modesto José Lorenzana.[1] He was known for his humanitarian efforts to improve the town. He was instrumental in using resources to improve the local water supplies. He also used municipal funds to buy food to alleviate the hunger of unemployed families within the district. During this period, and as preludes to the far rights moves to destabilize the democratic republican government of Spain, Salazar Alonso[1] intervened in local democracy. In June 1934[1] the Civil Governor along with members of the Civil Guard and representatives of local right wing organizations accused Modesto José Lorenzana of misuse of public funds, and on these grounds and with dubious legal process removed him from office of Mayor. José Lorenzana was later murdered in September 1936.[1]

Economic activity

The main source of income for the town is agricultural with the surrounding countryside used for the growing of crops and Animal husbandry.

Notable features

The parish church

The parish church of ‘Our Lady of Granada’ is in the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz and dates from the 15th century and has been built in the Baroque style of architecture. The highlight of the church is the altarpiece which is the work of Manuel Garcia de Santiago

Notable people

It is the birthplace of painter Francisco de Zurbarán.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 ’The Spanish Holocaust’: By Paul Preston: Published by Harper Press 2012: ISBN 978 0 00 255634 7


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