Albalate de Cinca
Alcolea de Cinca

Buenaventura Andreu Morera

Biologist and researcher born in 1920. He was a Doctor of biological sciences at the University of Barcelona and researcher at the Patronato Juan de la Cierva, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and laboratories of Santander, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.

He created the first biological fisheries research and worked in the laboratories of Blanes, Castellón and Barcelona. He was part of the Boards of Juan de la Cierva, the Royal Spanish Society of Natural History, the International Oceanographic Foundation of the USA and the European Mariculture Society.

He is author of numerous works in journals around the world. For his remarkable research work he received the “Entrustment of Alfonso X the Wise” and the “Marquis of Suanzas" awards.

He died in 2001.

Miguel Fleta

Aragonese operatic tenor. He was born in Albalate de Cinca in 1897 to a humble family. At age 8 he worked as a shepherd and farmer in his hometown. From a very young age he showed great aptitude for singing, being “‘discovered” by the great Jota (traditional Aragonese music) singer Don Miguel Asso, who initiated him into his art. In 1917, he participated in the Jota contestat the Festival of Pilar in Zaragoza. That same year, he traveled to Barcelona and began his training in the Lyceum Conservatory of Barcelona.

He debuted at the Giuseppe Verdi Community Theater in Trieste as “Paolo the Beautiful’” on December 14, 1919. He enjoyed tremendous successes throughout his career, as evidenced in his role as “'Don José” from Bizet's Carmen which was a deifying hit. It is said that his interpretation has never been surpassed by any singer.

1927, the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York presented in the courts of Madrid a lawsuit against Miguel Fleta for breach of contract.

At this time he suffered acute laryngitis, accompanied by an insurmountable fear of losing his voice. He returns to sing, but never regains the security he held prior.

He died in La Coruña in 1938 and was buried in Zaragoza.

Pedro de Albalate

Born in Albalate to a noble family. A monk and a writer. He was a Cistercian monk of the Santa Maria de Fonclara monastery. Bishop of Lleída between 1236 and 1238 where wrote his episcopal mandate, “ The General Ordination of the Cathedral of Lérida”.

He also became a theology teacher. Appointed Archbishop of Tarragona in 1238, he took part in the conquest of the Kingdom of Valencia by the Aragonese army of Jaime I; attended the Council of Lyon; he baptized the infant Prince Pedro, son of Jaime I, participated in the territorial delimitation between Aragón and the Catalán counties formed by the monarch, noting the Cinca River as a boundary line.

In 1250, he actively took part in the Monzón Parliament. He died in 1251 in the Poblet Monastery in Tarragona.

Félix Carrasquer Launed

Anarchist politician. Born in 1905, his father was Secretary of Albalate de Cinca. In 1919 he moved to Barcelona and worked as a baker, having contact with members of the CNT. The year 1919 was quite intense for him: a visit to Juan Peiró exposes him to his anarchist ideas and he moves to Madrid. He returns to Albalate to create a school of libertarian spirit and a cultural group that extends to neighboring populations. In accordance with the Association of Day Laborers and Small Business Owners, he purchases a portion of the Duke of Solferino estate and leaves part as collectivized land. In 1931, with the proclamation of the Second Republic, he re-opens the cultural group. The idea guiding him is the implementation of libertarian communism.

In 1934, coinciding with his vision problems that end in complete blindness, he takes refuge in Lleída and then goes on to Barcelona, where he founds the Eliseo Reclús school. In 1936 he forms a part of the National Committee of the FAI and writes the Militants’ School Project, which starts in Monzón in 1937 ending in Sant Vicens dels Hort. In 1939 the school closes and he seeks refuge in France. Two years later he was arrested by the French police and taken to the Noé internment camp where he escapes in 1943, returning clandestinely to Barcelona. In Barcelona he takes over as the Secretariat of the Regional Committee of the CNT in Cataluña, but he is arrested and imprisoned, although after a year given provisional release.

He continues to participate in the formation of the CNT National Committee until he is again arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Released from prison in 1959, he returns to Barcelona and heads to France. In 1971 he settles in Barcelona. He died in Thil, France in 1993 at age 88.

Francisco Carrasquer Launed

Writer born in Albalate de Cinca in 1915. He represented a long-muted progressive and radical culture. He maintained a deep faith in the human being and its ability to self-fix without government rulers. A libertarian activist, he took part in the Spanish Civil War at the forefront of the Republican side. At the end of the war he spent seven months in a concentration camp in France.

In 1943 he returned to Spain in a clandestine manner until he was detained in Sort, imprisoned for his militancy and sent to Africa as a soldier for three years. He graduated in psychology at the Sorbonne, Paris, and later received a Ph.D. in language and Hispanic literature.

He served as Professor of Spanish literature at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He specialized in the works of Ramón J. Sender. In 1948 he published his first novel, "The Heart Rules". In 1949 he decided to leave Spain to reside in France and the Netherlands until his return in 1985. He founded several cultural magazines.

In 2006 he was awarded the Prize of Aragonese Letters for his work as a mediator between the Spanish language/culture and Dutch language/culture, for his contribution to the knowledge of Ramón J. Sender, and for his literary work and versatility. He died in Tárrega, Lleida,August 7th, 2012.

Alonso de Espés

Born in the second half of the 15th century. Bastard son of Sir Gaspar de Espés, Count of Eclafana, and a woman from Albalate. Sir Gaspar de Espés had no legitimate children, so he sold his rights to his brother Luis de Espés, Commander of the St. John Order of Jerusalem.

Sir Luis de Espés sold everything to Sir Antón de Fuentes, causing friction between the two families. These circumstances made it so the entire lordship would fall upon the shoulders of Sir Alonso de Espés on the condition that he marry his niece, Dame Isabel de Espés.

In this way the estate returned to the family. After several claims and judgments, in 1507 Sir Ramón de Espés II was recognized as the rightful Lord of his uncles’, Luis and Gaspar, estate. Being that he had no sons, in 1515 he left all of his inheritance to his two daughters, Dames Isabel and Ana.