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The origin of the hand-held percussion instrument known as Castanets is unknown.

They were in use in the 1700s, but are probably much older. Possibly related to the Roman instrument called Crotalum.

The name is from the diminutive of castaña - 'chestnut' in Spanish.

See : Wikipedia

Also see : Flamencoplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigFlamenco

The earliest documented reference to the Flamenco tradition goes back to the late eighteenth century. Its development since then has been extensively documented, but the origins of the tradition are unknown.

"There is no doubt that Flamenco is rooted in vari…

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