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A city of northeast Spain west of Barcelona. Julius Caesar defeated Pompey's generals here in 49 B.C. During the Spanish Civil War it was a key defense point for Barcelona but fell to the Nationalists (April 1938) after a nine-month battle. Population: 127,000.