Majorca, Ibizia and the Balearic Archipelago: Spanish Island History with Mark Planellas Witzsch

Majorca, Ibizia and the Balearic Archipelago: Spanish Island History with Mark Planellas Witzsch


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Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca, and Formentera are the principal islands in the Balearic Archipelago in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Known for their mild climate, stunning scenery, and beautiful beaches, visitors have flocked to these gem-like islands for centuries. But there is more to this lovely island chain than pretty views. In this seminar, we will explore the history of these iconic Spanish islands and learn how they fit into the cultural evolution of the Iberian Peninsula.

Located on the maritime crossroads of the ancient Mediterranean, Ibizia and Majorca have seen settlers and visitors from the Phoenicians to the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Islam, and the Catalonians. All of these influences have shaped the identity of the island group. Conquered to the Saracens in 1229 by the Catalan King James I, Majorca played a role in expanding the Counts of Barcelona, Catalonia, and the Crown of Aragon across the Mediterranean and in creating a wealthy bourgeoisie that flourished in the larger cities of the archipelago. On the islands of Majorca and Menorca, cartographer Abraham Cresques created his famous Catalan Atlas in 1375. Other professions prospered here as well: bankers, money lenders, and financial agents all found success in the Balearic islands.

Proximity to the mainland of the Iberian Peninsula certainly helped the islands’ economic development, but the islands were also home to intellectuals and thinkers such as thirteenth-century philosopher Ramon Llull, many legendary Jewish thinkers, and some of Spain’s great writers. It has been speculated that the explorer Christopher Columbus came from a cartographer family of Converso Jews from Majorca. Although this is a non-corroborated hypothesis, we will look closer at this theory in the seminar.

We’ll not only explore the fascinating past of the archipelago, an autonomous region of Spain, with Palma de Majorca as the capital city, but also its dynamic present, folklore, main sites, and cuisine. Each island has its own distinctive features, and we will explore all four islands.

Led by an expert on Spanish cultural history, Mark Planellas Witzsch, this interactive seminar will explore Majorca, Ibizia, Menorca, and Formentera. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the rich history of the Balearic archipelago and its dynamic future.

Mark Planellas Witzsch is active in several areas in the cultural field and taught philosophy of art and avant-gardes of the twentieth century at university, focusing on universally well-known Catalan artists such as Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Catalonia being a part of Spain that has historically defended democracy and the ideals of the republic, the vast majority of its artists were committed to those Civil values and reflected it in their art. This led Mark Planellas to dive into some related topics, such as propaganda in the twentieth century, thus publishing books on the subject, such as “Jaume Miravitlles. El somriure de Catalunya”, which explains the history of the first modern propaganda ministry ever created, in the context of the Spanish Civil War.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fast Tour of History and Landmarks

This lecture included a large amount of information delivered at high speed. I learned a lot and was never bored.

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What a thorough "trip"! Excellent history and coverage of all the islands.
I've visited twice...1960 and 1987.
Mark covered so much more than I had seen either time and I spent two weeks in 1960!

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Fast Tour of History and Landmarks

This lecture included a large amount of information delivered at high speed. I learned a lot and was never bored.

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What a thorough "trip"! Excellent history and coverage of all the islands.
I've visited twice...1960 and 1987.
Mark covered so much more than I had seen either time and I spent two weeks in 1960!