The image of two flamenco dancers locked in desperate embrace, the trill of a guitar behind them, has become most travelers' go-to image of Spain.

But how much do you really know about the Romani origins of this haunting and beautiful art form? And what does your association of this Andalusian art form with Spain as a whole have to do with Francisco Franco, Spain's most notorious dictator? A recent BBC documentary tells all.

To learn more about the history of the Romani people in Andalusia, and all the cultural influences that made flamenco possible, read our article on the story of flamenco.
Tags : AndaluciaAndalusiaflamencoflamenco musicFrancogypsiesgypsy culturegypsy musicmusic history
Erin L. McCoy

The author Erin L. McCoy

Erin L. McCoy is an award-winning photojournalist who holds an MA in Hispanic studies from the University of Washington. She's traveled to 20+ countries, five continents, and 45 U.S. states, but she's starting to lose count of how many times she's visited Spain.

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