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10 MARCH 1452

   Posted by: Michael    in Events in History

Birth of Ferdinand II of Aragon, the father of Catherine of Aragon.



18 AUGUST 1487

   Posted by: Michael    in Events in History

Malaga surrenders to the Christian forces of Isabella of Castile and Fernando de Aragon.  Malaga was at that time part of the Emirate of Granada, which eventually fell in 1492.

A century earlier the Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta had described Malaga as “one of the largest and most beautiful towns of Andalusia [uniting] the conveniences of both sea and land, and is abundantly supplied with foodstuffs and fruits” [quoted in Wikipedia ‘Malaga’].

(Photograph of the Patio de los Naranjos in the Alcazaba, Malaga, by D Preis)



12 OCTOBER 1492

   Posted by: Dorothea Preis    in Events in History

12 OCTOBER 1492

Statue of Christopher Columbus in Barcelona (D. Preis)

12 OCTOBER 1492

Replica of the Santa Maria (D. Preis)

Christopher Columbus arrives in America, or, more exactly, one of the islands in the Bahamas.  A group of three ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Niña, left Spain on 3 August.  They first sailed to the Canary Islands.  From there, the journey across the Atlantic took 5 weeks.

In October 1977, I visited a replica of the Santa Maria, the largest of  the three ships, in Barcelona – and was amazed how small it was.  In the photo on the right you can see Columbus pointing the way over my head.

Dorothea Preis

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