verbo transitivo/transitive verb
- [viaje] to embark on; [tarea/proyecto/aventura] to undertake emprender la retirada [Militar/Military] to beat a retreat emprender la marcha to set out el pájaro emprendió el vuelo the bird took flight emprendieron la lucha contra la droga they took up the fight against drugs el ejército emprendió el ataque contra el enemigo the army launched an attack on the enemy emprendimos el regreso al amanecer we began our o/or embarked on the return journey at daybreak emprenderla con algn, estaba de mal humor y la emprendió conmigo she was in a bad mood and she took it out on me la emprendió a puñetazos con él he started punching him
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.