Where Did Bullfighting Originate?


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The first bullfight was held in honor of King Alfonso VIII's coronation in 1133. It was called a "corrida" then. These events eventually became popular for celebrating important events and to test the zeal of noblemen.

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The modern "corrida" first seen at the coronation in 1133 was popularized in 1726 when Francisco Romero started using a cape and weapons during the event.

Some older paintings imply that some type of bullfighting existed before 1133. A wall painting in Crete that dates to 2000 B.C. shows men and women grabbing a bull by the horns as it charges. Both the Romans and North Africans had their own versions of bullfights as well.

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