- 1 [Anatomía/Anatomy] back es muy ancho de espaldas he is very broad-shouldered, he has very broad shoulders perdona, te estoy dando la espalda sorry, I've got my back to you me duele la espalda my back aches cargado de espaldas round-shouldered estaba sentado de espaldas a nosotros he was sitting with his back to us vuélvete de espaldas turn around o/or (inglés británico/British English) round nadar de espalda(s) to swim backstroke, to do the backstroke los 100 metros espalda the 100 meters backstroke tumbarse or tenderse de espaldas en el suelo to lie on one's back on the floor caminaba con el sol a sus espaldas he was walking with the sun behind him tiene muchos años de experiencia a sus espaldas she has many years of experience behind her lo atacaron por la espalda he was attacked from behind caerse or (Chile) irse de espaldas (literal) to fall flat on one's back (de sorpresa) por poco me caigo de espaldas I nearly died of shock o/or fainted [familiar/colloquial], you could have knocked me down with a feather [familiar/colloquial] cubrirse las espaldas to cover one's back, take precautions echarse algo a la espalda (literal) to sling sth on one's back [familiar/colloquial], [responsabilidad/trabajo] to shoulder, take on; [problemas/pesares] [familiar/colloquial], to cast … aside, put … to one side hacer algo a espaldas de algn to do sth behind sb's back se ríen de ella a sus espaldas they laugh at her behind her back romperse la espalda to break one's back tener buena espalda (Colombia) to bring good luck tener cubiertas or guardadas las espaldas to have one's back covered, be secure o/or protected volverle la espalda a algn to turn one's back on sb
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Spain's War of Independence against Napoleon Bonaparte's French occupation was ignited by the popular revolt in Madrid on 2 May 1808 against the French army. With support from the Duke of Wellington, Spanish resistance continued for over five years in a guerra de guerrillas which gave the world the concept and the term guerrilla warfare. The autocratic Fernando VII was restored to the throne in 1814, and his first act was to abolish the progressive Constitution of Cadiz adopted in 1812.