Today in Basque History: First Try at Autonomy

1931: Originally planned for Pamplona, the Assembly of the Basque Municipalities is held in Estella to discuss the Basque Statute of Autonomy.  The meeting was a great success.  The Assembly — representing Araba, Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, and Nafarroa — approved the draft of the Basque Statute of Autonomy prepared by the Society of Basque Studies.  From that day, the statute was referred to as the “Statute of Estella”.  The statute was presented to the Spanish Cortes the same year, but was not approved.  This effort was the first at trying to gain autonomy for the Basque Country.

2 thoughts on “Today in Basque History: First Try at Autonomy”

  1. Why was the Statute of Estella rejected by the Cortes? It has been some years since I studied
    Eusko/Basque history, but I believe it was over the issue of direct diplomatic relations with the
    Vatican.

    BTW, where do you get these history tidbits?

  2. I don’t recall now. Sorry. I should do a better job of keeping track.

    I’m getting these from the Enciclopedia Anumendi. I search for the date and see what piques my interest. I’m looking for anyone who might be able/willing to help out.

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