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

They say the three rules of real estate are “location, location, location,” and I suppose that’s as true when you’re looking for a city to conquer as it is when you’re looking to buy a house. One of the signs that a city is sitting on some prime real estate is its age, or more … Continue reading Today in European history: the (third) Siege of Algeciras ends (1344)

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Today in European history: the Treaty of Granada (1491)

The final curtain came down on Muslim Spain on January 2, 1492, when the last Muslim ruler of Granada, the Nasirid Sultan Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII (“Boabdil” to the Spaniards, for whom “Abu Abdullah” was apparently too hard to pronounce), went into exile in Morocco. But the departure was a formality. Boabdil was obliged to … Continue reading Today in European history: the Treaty of Granada (1491)

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

Whoever came up with the term Reconquista to describe the Christian conquest of the Iberian Peninsula from Muslims deserves an all-time gold star for public relations work. I mean, there were parts of modern Spain that were in Muslim hands for well over seven hundred years, and if there’s a statute of limitations on when … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Río Salado (1340)

Today in European history: the Battle of Alarcos (1195)

It’s a strange coincidence that the 1195 Battle of Alarcos and the 1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa wound up so close together on the calendar. I mean, I suppose it’s not that strange a coincidence, since there were only so many months out of the year that you could go on campaign back in the 12th and … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Alarcos (1195)

Today in European history: the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212)

For a relatively small confrontation—probably fewer than 50,000 soldiers combined—Las Navas de Tolosa had some far-reaching ramifications for the history of both Iberia and North Africa. The Almohad Caliphate, at or near the height of its territorial growth, suffered a defeat that helped send it into a decades-long spiral eventually ending with its demise. On … Continue reading Today in European history: the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212)

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

attwiw is on hiatus until next week They say the three rules of real estate are “location, location, location,” and I suppose that’s as true when you’re looking for a city to conquer as it is when you’re looking to buy a house. Algeciras was in an incredibly important location that made it a hub … Continue reading Today in European history: the (third) Siege of Algeciras ends (1344)

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

I forgot to repost this yesterday, but it's just a little dated, it's still good! It's still good! 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, since it was founded by early Berber-Arab invaders all the way back in … Continue reading Yesterday in European history: the (third) Siege of Algeciras ends (1344)