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Espinosa de los Monteros, Spain
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León
Province Burgos
Municipality Espinosa de los Monteros
 - Total 137 km2 (52.9 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 - Total 2,007
 - Density 14.6/km2 (37.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Espinosa de los Monteros is a municipality located in the province of Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. According to the 2004 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 2,007 inhabitants.

The villeage is spread over a large rural area at the southern outskirts of a mountainous area of the Cantabrian Mountains System.Its main activities and industries have been related to military career services,stockbreeding mostly of cattle and as a regional hub of transportation due its geography,currently are intensified around dairy products and as modern commercial and services local center of its area and smaller neighbor communities of the wider valley.It is developing a small recreation tourism focused in its rugged and preserved mountain attractions.In winter due to its heavy snowfalls,it runs a modest ski resort mostly catering to the neighbor coastal major cities day and weekend tourism.

It has some historical importance,with scattered ruins of inhabitation from the Bronze and Iron Age,but its modern settling and location officially started with the town charter given by Alphonse VI to repopulate it after its war destruction sometime in the earlier XI century.It is the home base of the ancient Royal Guard of the "Gentlemen of the Chamber" since its founding in 1008 by Count Sancho Garcea of the early local counts dynasty. It is said to be the birthplace of Miguel de Espinoza, father of the famous phylosopher Baruch Spinoza.

Coordinates: 43°05′N 3°33′W / 43.083°N 3.55°W / 43.083; -3.55



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