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The origins of the Basque people pre-date the Indo-European
settlements of Europe. The Basque language, spoken by 20%
of the current population, is very different from Gaellic
and European languages spoken in the rest of the world today.
The Basques also have a very distinct and lively culture,
sports such as Pelote and their own cuisine.
Basse-Navarre was previously the north of the Kingdom of
Navarre, capital Pamplona (now in Spain), that was conquered
by the Spanish Kings in 16th Century and seperated into two
provinces, Basse (Low) to the North and Haute (High) to the
South. Pamplona remained capital of the Haute-Navarre, while
Saint-Palais became capital of the Basse-Navarre, under the
control of the Bourbons. The borders of Navarre had changed
over time and various attempts had been made to unify all the
Basque people under the throne of Navarre.
However the division of the Kingdom into two provinces
eventually led to the division of Navarre between France and
Spain that exists today.
Geographically, inland Pays Basque is very similar to B=E9arn,
with foothills, valleys and mountains. The Pays Basque, however
is particularly famous for the Basque Coast (C=F4te Basque) with
the popular costal resorts of Biarritz and Saint Jean-de-Luz
being the most popular holiday destinations.