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The Origin and History of the Phrase ‘The Empire on which the Sun never sets,’ used since Antiquity

As is well known, the vast world territories reached by the Spanish Crown during the reign of the Habsburgs, and their maintenance under the Bourbons, are often summed up with the expression “the empire on which the sun never sets,” alluding to the fact that they spanned all five continents. However, this phrase did not […]