The Basques have been fighting to protect their language and culture for thousands of years. They are fiercely proud of their history. They have been occupying their corner of Europe with its lush, green valleys and rugged coastline, since well before Roman times. No one knows where they came from. Their language, known as Euskera, has no links with any other known language and was spoken long before all of the Indo-European languages in the rest of Europe.