The Neolithic cist found in the mountain range of Màniga indicates that Vall Ferrera has been occupied since prehistory by farming and self-sufficient communities. The original Basque place names are an important legacy, as Basque was the main language until the X Century when it was suddenly replaced by Catalan.

During the Middle Ages, Vall Ferrera suffered hegemony problems between the Counts of Pallars Sobirà i Jussà and the Viscounty of Castellbò, since it was shared by both.

Coveted by the feudal lords (Vallferrera, Galliner i Toralla) under an allodial regime, the purchase and creation of new domains were frequent until 1296 when Blanca de Bellera, Countess of Pallars, pledged it to the Count of Foix, who was at the same time Viscount of Castellbò.

In 1479 they inherited the Kingdom of Navarre and in 1512 the Viscounty of Castellbò, together with Vall Ferrera”, became part of the Crown of Catalonia-Aragón.

Xavier Sudrià