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)

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Today in North African history: the Green March begins (1975)

It’s hard to believe that the Spanish Empire only officially ceased to exist in 1975. I mean, when you think of the Spanish Empire, or at least when I think of it, I think of vast swathes of the Americas that were Spanish colonial domains until the successful independence movements of the early 19th century, … Continue reading Today in North African history: the Green March begins (1975)

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 (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)

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)

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)