Activism

In 1909, Infante settled in Seville, and there contacts the members of the Athenaeum “Andalucismo Culturalista”. To this body he submitted his book Ideal Andaluz setting out practical schemes for the region. He also founded the Andalusian Centre in Sevilla, as another platform for his ideas.

Ronda was important for Blas Infante because there, at the first Hispanic-American Congress, he gave a paper sharply critical of the situation in Andalusia. In the year 1918 Ronda became the key to the historial development of Andalusia. There, the first Assembly of Andalusian Regionalists met and, amongst other matters, debated and laid down political and ideological guidelines for the future andalucismo. It was at this Assembly that the green and white flag and shield were approved as symbols of Andalusia.

El Ideal Andaluz (Blas Infante)

In 1919 the married Angustias García Parias in Peñaflor a her family home. Of this union four children will be born.

During the years of dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, and in fear of a possible repression, Infante looked for a discreet retreat, and left his Notaría in Cantillana for one on Isla Cristina. In exile during the dictatorship, he gave up publicy promoting his cause for Andalusia.

Jornaleros andaluces, años 20 (ICAS-SAHP, Fototeca Municipal de Sevilla. Archivo Serrano)

Photography: Andalusian day laborers, 1920s (ICAS-SAHP, Fototeca Municipal de Sevilla. Archivo Serrano)

After these years of silence, Blas Infante returned to a period of intense activity and wrote his final Manifesto to all Andalusians, a call for everyone to pull together in the fight for autonomy.

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