Friday, June 6, 2008


Leganes was once known as "Valencia".

When two unrelated families with the same last name began to claim that the town was named after their ancestor, and the fighting eventually led to deaths on both sides. The Spanish Governorate put members from each family in jail and banished an equal number of both families to other provinces. To ensure that the argument would remain moot, they renamed the town Leganes after a city in Spain. Historians claim that the Spanish interference helped incite the indigenous population against the Spanish occupation that was starting to take root at this time.


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