On January 2, 1492, the Catholic royal powerhouse Queen Isabel of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon finally conquered Granada, the last Muslim stronghold of Spain, ending the 700 years of Moorish rule in the Iberian Peninsula. After decades of war between the Catholic monarchs and Boabdil, the last Sultan of Spain, Boabdil was sent into exile and was granted an enclave in the Alpujarra Mountains.
Within a year, Boabdil buried his wife, Morayma, and his youngest son Yusuf. Broken and dejected, he finally left the Spanish peninsula and spent the rest of his days in Morocco until his death, 40 years later. Boabdil’s eldest son, Ahmed, stayed behind in Spain. After having spent years in the Spanish courts as a royal hostage of Isabella and Ferdinand, he later adopted Christianity and the customs and spent the rest of his days in Spain.
For the remaining Moors and Jews who wanted to stay in Spain, they were ordered to abandon their faith and convert to Catholicism. Despite the promise made to Boabdil on the surrender of Granada, and terms of the Treaty of Granada 1491, Muslims and Jews were initially allowed to continue practicing their faith. However, it was not long before the terms of the treaty were violated, and mosques were being converted into Christian churches.
There were various rebellions by the Moors due to religious repression. The uprisings were deemed a contravention of the Moor’s surrender terms. This culminated with the Muslims and Jews eventually being expelled from the Peninsula. Those that stayed behind in Spain were forced to convert to Christianity. The Muslim converts were known as the Moriscos, and the Jewish converts were known as the Marranos. #ReadersAreLeaders 📚 #Instapostoftheday #Instarepost #Instafollowme #instafollow #Instaregrann #Instapost #regrann #repost #via @raspy_rawls