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RE: Hidden City
@joeyarnoldvn. From what I understand there are a couple different theories. One is that the city of Madrid as we know it was not established nor discovered until the 9th century. Another one that seems to have more mounting evidence is that before the 9th century there was a Roman settlement called "Matrice" at the Manzanares River. In the 5th century Germanic Sueves and Vandals and took it over from the Germans and and ruled it until the 8th century. It was then that the Arabs conquered it and changed the name to "Matrice" which later evolved to Madrid. No one is to know for sure but it's an interesting origin story nonetheless!
I like the second theory more, not because I like that kind of thing, but it goes with the overall scope of history. That kind of thing has been happening for many centuries in and around many places, cities, regions, all around the world. So, I believe in the second theory because it is consistent with overall world history. Thanks for commenting. Here is an upvote. Have a lovely day. Oatmeal.
@joeyarnoldvn. Agreed, you the man Oatmeal!