Madrid Spain
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Madrid, Spain

January 18, 2006
This is a Landsat thematic mapper image of Madrid, Spain, in 1984.

The city has not yet undergone the growth which will affect its outskirts, especially the Eastern and Northeastern sectors, in the following years. Nevertheless, the dimensions which already defined Madrid in 1984 are common to those of the major European cities. Madrid started to grow after the death of the dictator Franco in 1975. The Franco regime left Madrid and much of Spain in economic shambles, although during his Catholic dictatorship the capital became industrialized and experienced massive migrations.

With the death of Franco, Madrid and Spain as a whole began to re-assert itself on the international stage. In particular, reaction against the dictatorial bureaucracy centered in Madrid has resulted in the successful modern movement towards an increased autonomy for the regions of Spain, considered as European regions, under the umbrella of Spain. Following the prosperity it gained in the 1980s, the capital city of Spain has consolidated its position as the leading economic, cultural, industrial, educational, and technological center on the Iberian Peninsula.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 17-Jul-1984
  • Center coordinates: lat. 40.42, lon. -3.68

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