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Participation of Charles Napoleon on the Conference “Reconquest of Vigo 1809 – 2009”

(12th & 13 th of march 2009)

The 28th March 1809, a popular rise allowed recovering Vigo from the occupation of the Napoleonic troops. More tan 1.400 imperial soldiers were taken prisoners. Later on, an offensive in all Galicia was organized from the olive villa which took to the definitive retreat of Napoleon's
army. This historical fact, that people from Vigo commemorate as "The Reconquest" had a great
importance. Locally, it gained for Vigo the title of "city", granted by the Regency, a step further in the development of which today is a powerful metropolitan area with half a million inhabitants. It was the first occasion in history in which Napoleon's armies had to move back from a conquered seat. After the resistance and the revolts in Zaragoza or Madrid, which ended in defeats, this first success would announce the later Battle of Ponte Sampaio, in which people from Galicia overcome the imperial army of Marshal Ney. In the second centenary of "The Reconquest", Vigo welcomes this Congress that will try to find out the reasons and consequences, definitively the importance of this event, within the framework of the Napoleonic wars and the social, political and economic transformations that affected Europe in the dawn of the XIX century.


Wednesday, 11th of March

Visit to the temporary Exhibition "Reconquest of Vigo 1809 - 2009" in the Municipal Museum of the Vice Mayor of Vigo, Mr. Santiago Domínguez Olveira, with the president of the Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléoniennes, Mr. Charles Napoleón

Introduction of the congress to media.

Thursday, 12th of March

11.00 Oppening Act
Mrs. Ánxela Bugallo, Regional Minister of Culture
Mr. Santiago Domínguez Olveira, Vice Mayor of the City Hall of Vigo
Mr. Charles Napoleón, president of the Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléoniennes
Mr. Xosé Ramón Barreiro, president of the Galician Royal Academy

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12.00-13.00 "Napoleón"
Mr. Charles Napoleón
President of the Fédération Européenne des Cités Napoléoniennes
Present: Mr. Bernardo Vázquez Gil (Official Chronicler of Vigo)

13.00-13.30 Open Discussion

16.00-17.00 "The People in the Independence Galician War"
Xosé Ramón Barreiro, president of the Galician Royal Academy

17.00-17.30 Open Discussion

18.00-19.00 "Napoleonic Wars as a Clash of Empires"
Mike Rapport, Dr. Senior Lecturer in History University of Stirling
Present: Mr. Javier Mosquera (Journalist of Faro de Vigo)

19.00-19.30 Open Discussion

20.00-21.00 "From Vigo to Castro Urdiales: The British participation in the war of the North of Spain"
Charles Esdaile, Professor in History. University of Liverpool
Present: D. José Antonio Martín Curty (Institute of Vigo's studies)

21.00-21.30 Open Discussion


Friday, 13th of March

11.30-12.30 "The war in Portugal. Portuguese aid in the Reconquest of Vigo"
Nuno Correia Barrento de Lemos Pires, Lieutenant Colonel of the Portuguese Army
Present: Mr. José Teo Andrés (Journalist of Atlántico Diario)

12.30-13.00 Open Discussion

13.00 Reception Ceremony to the Speakers

16.00 -17.00 "The British intervention: Material Aid in Galicia"
Alicia Laspra
University of Oviedo
Present: Mr Gerardo Sacau (Institute of Vigo's studies)

17.00-17.30 Open Discussion

18.00-19.00 "Counter-Insurgency and its development in Europe"
Michael Broers
University of Oxford
Present: Mr. Gerardo González Martín (Journalist)

19.00-19.30 Open Discussion

20.00-21.00 "Chalot, enemy's portrayal"
Jean Rene Aymes
University of La Sorbonne
Present: Mr. Jorge Lamas (Journalist of La Voz de Galicia)

21.00-21.30 Open Discussion

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