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Pilgrim Numbers roughly pre 1986

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#1
Hi, has anybody here a good source/link for pilgrim numbers to Santiago in the early 20th century? I can find figures starting 1986 or so, but would like to know earlier ones.
Any help appreciated! Buen Camino, SY
 
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#4
Spain was pretty unstable before the 1970s. Civil wars, Franco's dictatorship... Pretty safe to assume pilgrims were scarce...


 

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#5
Spain was pretty unstable before the 1970s. Civil wars, Franco's dictatorship... Pretty safe to assume pilgrims were scarce...


No, Marion-SantiagoIn love. that is not the reason of lack of pilgrims on those years. Spain was not unestable in terms of safety in those times, like tourism boom can testify, but the oposite...
During 1984 ( nine years afther Franco dies, during the worst years in modern Spain, when we was sufferin terrorism like never before) Elias Valiña, the priest of Cebreiro, started the work of his lifetime that work of global importance, the recuperation, delimitation and cleanship of the Camino, painting yellow arrows ( The cans of yellow paint, were a donation of road constructions company) and researching about the ancient Camino; likewise promoting Camino de Santiago Friends societies. Those societies continued and improved this work over the years.
( When the spanish Guardia Civl found him near the french border painting arrows during those fearfull years of terrorism, they asked him what the hell was he doing. His answer was " I´m preparing a invasion")
Six years later, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a former Franco´s cabinet minister was elected the President of Galician autonomic Goverment and he promoted the Camino de Santiago. In 1993 the UNESCO proclaims el Camino de Santiago Word Heritage, and from this moment started to become a tourist resource. Those circunstances in addition of the symbolic Pilgrimage of Pope J.Pablo II makes the Camino de Santiago more popular along the world.
Later the published of novel, guides etc, in addition of movies, and the internet´s boom , explain the yearly increasing of popularity.
 
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ChuckE

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April 1993 (again in 2021?)
#7
It was actually pretty quiet. There were times I wouldn't see anyone for several days. I have seen some statistics that say as many as 95,000 did the Sarria-Santiago (mostly Spanish). I know I turned north to Lugo myself (had to see a real Roman walled city, don't get many of those in the US), so I couldn't tell you how the most traveled route was like. I didn't see anyone for the last two days into Santiago. The office said I was the 17th person that day and the first person from "The Americas" they had seen in two weeks.
 

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#8
Hi, has anybody here a good source/link for pilgrim numbers to Santiago in the early 20th century? I can find figures starting 1986 or so, but would like to know earlier ones.
Any help appreciated! Buen Camino, SY
Interesting to see those early figures. Looks like the camino started getting busier from 1984/5. I walked it first (in part) around 1986 with a sort of hand made credential from the CSJ. I was very touched by people's generousity- there were places along the Way where shopkeepers wouldn't accept payment for bread and we even had some pesetas pressed into our hands in one small village, which I took to be more of a blessing than financial support.
Accommodation got busy onon the last 100km just before St James day, so maybe some things haven't changed!
 

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#9
I'm curious on how many walked during World War II since Spain was non-belligerent during the war.
 
#11
... I was very touched by people's generousity- there were places along the Way where shopkeepers wouldn't accept payment for bread and we even had some pesetas pressed into our hands in one small village, which I took to be more of a blessing than financial support....
...that's how it was for me following pilgrim trails through Slovenia and Poland (April-August 2015)...

Cheers
 

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