Today in European history: the (third) Siege of Algeciras ends (1344)

Modern Algeciras is the main city on the Bay of Gibraltar and one of the busiest commercial ports in Europe. It's pretty old, too, having been founded by Berber-Arab invaders all the way back in 711. "Algeciras" is a European corruption of the city's original name, al-Jazirah al-Khadra ("the green island"). And, if we're being … Continue reading Today in European history: the (third) Siege of Algeciras ends (1344)

Today in European history: the Battle of Río Salado (1340)

By 1340, the Muslim presence in Iberia was down to one Muslim kingdom: the Emirate of Granada. This emirate was founded in 1238, after the final Muslim empire to control all of al-Andalus, the Almohad Caliphate ("Caliphate" at this point is being used pretty loosely) lost its hold on Iberia in the Battle of Las Navas … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Río Salado (1340)