"COMING OF THE MOORS"
Here is a poem about the Moorish invasion of Spain (called Andalus in those days) in the year 711. The Moors (North African Muslims) conquered about half of present-day Spain; the rest remained Christian. In the year (1492) that Columbus ‘discovered’ America, Ferdinand and Isabella were able to get rid of all the Muslims. As you see, that was over 700 years later and the Moors, who had invaded, leaving their women at home, integrated with the Christians.
My “Spanish” poems include this one, “Cordaba”, and “Madrid”.
Spain is a fascinating country!
When Isabella's brother died, she and her husband jointly succeeded (1474) to the throne of Castile. This union of the two main Spanish kingdoms laid the foundation of Spain's future greatness. Isabella became Queen of Castile when she was 23 years old. No sooner had she become queen when her kingdom was invaded by Alfonso V, King of Portugal, who was hoping to capitalize upon the weakness of the Spaniards in the confusion following the Moorish invasion. Castile was very nearly overrun, and it was only with a near superhuman effort that Isabella and Ferdinand were able to raise a strong enough army to defeat Alfonso in 1475. With the Portuguese threat settled, Isabella and Ferdinand then turned their attention to their real enemy - the Moors.