History of Alpujarra - Invasions, Rebellion and Disputes

Peculiar History of The Alpujarras

When you are driving from Granada, the first stop is the Suspiro del Moro. A legend says that this is the place where last arab king Boabdil said goodbye to the city and where his mother told him, "Weep like a woman what you could not defend as a man".

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The physical characteristics of this area have helped forge a unique history of the Alpujarras. During the early days of the Arab invasion, the Alpujarras was a centre of Christian resistance, but it was during the Muslim rule in Andalusia that the Alpujarras experienced true development.

Rebellions and Disputes in the Alpujarras

With the conquest of Granada by the Catolic Kings, the Muslims were then forced to into Christian baptism or to emigrate. Those who chose the first option became known as Moriscos.

tipical alpujarras streets made of stone The measure provoked many reactions against the kings and the most violent was the protest in the Alpujarras in 1500. This was followed by the suppression of their language and customs.

In 1567 King Philip II issued an edict that forced Christianity on the children of the Moors, which caused an uprising a year later in the Alpujarras.

The nobleman Fernando de Cordova became the leader of the Moors and took the name of Aben Humeya, crowned king of the Alpujarras.

In the early days of the rebellion, successive military expeditions sent by Philip II resulted in failure. The rebels were assisted by the Ottoman Empire and the Spanish king decided to send John of Austria to the area.

narrow slopes of alpujarra But then came the disputes within the Moors, and Humeya was accused of treason and hanged in 1569 by supporters of a new self-proclaimed King of the Moors, Aben Aboo.

However, Aben Aboo in turn was also executed amid internal dissension, and in the spring of 1571 the uprising was finally put down by John.

After that, the Moors were finally expelled from Granada and distributed to communities in Castile, where they were forced to work in bad conditions.

Thus began a period of decline for The Alpujarras, despite the repopulation of the area with people from the north of Spain.

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