Alhambra palace in Granada
Last Moorish king, in Granada, defeated in January of 1492
Ferdinand and Isabella ended Reconquista by defeating Moors in Granada in 1492
Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castilla married in 1469
Uniting Christian kingdoms against the Moors
Solidified their power through religion; military success
When King Boabdil was defeated, he looked back onto his beloved Alhambra palace and began to cry. His mother: “Weep, my son, like a woman, for what you would not fight for like a man.”
With the last Moorish king defeated; all Muslims remaining in Spain forced to leave or convert to Christianity. By 1502 they began to force the Jews to either leave or convert as well. They did this through the inquisition.
Despite the dark side of history the Inquisition, Spain began to prosper beginning with the voyage of Columbus.
Charles's son Felipe II marries Mary Tudor of England in 1554 but she dies without giving him an heir. In 1588 Felipe tries to eradicate Protestants all over Europe, starting with England. Sends a great Armada to try and conquer England by the entire fleet was destroyed.
Felipe IV reigns over one of the richest cultural periods in Spanish history: the Siglo de Oro