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)

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

Originally posted on and that's the way it was:
The final curtain on the Muslim presence on the Iberian Peninsula came down 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),…

Today in European history: the Muslims invade Hispania (711)

One of the perils of talking about historical events that happened centuries ago in places that, at the time at least, were far removed from the centers of civilization is that you have to rely on some potentially pretty inaccurate sources to try to date anything. So I don’t want you to fixate on April… Continue reading Today in European history: the Muslims invade Hispania (711)

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