Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
The Interior Minister salutes the public from the Capitanía Palace (1938)

In 1938, coinciding with a visit to Ferrol by the Interior Minister, Serrano Suñer (Franco's brother-in-law), a major gathering was organized in front of the Capitanía Palace. The reason was a petition unanimously approved by the council corporation to change the city's name. It was renamed 'Ferrol del Caudillo' (an honorary title given to the dictator), and the petition was quickly approved by the cabinet. Franco's triumphal entry into the city took place shortly after the Civil War had finished. He disembarked from a warship wearing the uniform of Commander-in-Chief of the Navy. He would return to Ferrol on 20 further occasions.

Cadernos Ferrol Análisis, A Guerra en Ferrol (1999), © Club de Prensa de Ferrol