The history of Bilbao in The Moderm Age is one of the commercial activity, acting as the nexus between the great Europe of the North Atlantic and the interior Kingdom of Castille, as well as being a fundamental connection with Seville and America.
Without doubt the area which changed the whole detiny of Bilbao was the 19th Century. During these one hundred years, Bilbao was designated capital of Vizcaya (1820-1823); industrial development in the metropolitan area grew in leaps and bounds based on the minning and iron and steel industries; the same ocurred in the shipping and railway companys – in the 50 years between 1841 and 1891 over 1,000 kilometres of track was laid – Banks and even the Stock market came into being.