Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Badajos (classic Pax Augusta), a province in the S.W. of Spain with its capital, an ancient fortified city, on the river Guadiana, about five miles from the Portuguese frontier. The tortuous streets contain many churches and monasteries, now used as barracks and hospitals, and the cathedral is itself a kind of fortress. In the Peninsular war Badajos was captured by Soult (1811), and after two futile attempts retaken by the British under Wellington (April 6, 1812). The siege and assault cost the assailants 5,000 men in killed or wounded. Terrible scenes were enacted in the sacking of the town, which lasted two days. The painter Morales (El Divino) was born here.

“God is a skilful physician. He knows what is best. God observes the several tempers of men, and knows what will work most effectually. Some are of a more sweet disposition, and are drawn by mercy: others are more rugged and knotty pieces: these God deals with in a more forcible way. Some things are kept in sugar, some in brine. God doth not deal alike with all, he hath trials for the strong, and cordials for the weak.”
–Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial