Fall of Granada

   Posted by: Lawrence Osborn   in Events in History

Fall of Granada

Alhambra in Granada (© D Preis)

Fall of Granada

On 2 January 1492, Granada fell, ending nearly 800 years of Moorish rule on the Iberian peninsula.  Granada, the last Moorish outpost, had been besieged by the forces of Isabella of Castile and Fernando of Aragon for several months.

Under Moorish rule Jews and Christians had been free to practice their religion, and learning and trade had flourished.  The Treaty of Granada, signed in 1491 between Emir Muhammad XII and Isabella of Castile, should have guaranteed religious freedom to continue.  However, on 31 March 1492 Fernando and Isabella ordered all Jews to leave by 31 July 1492, in the Alhambra Decree.

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