Assimilation or Rejection? The 1570s and 1580s

in Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780226319636
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226319650 | DOI:
Assimilation or Rejection? The 1570s and 1580s

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The policy of scattering the Granadan Moriscos had two distinct objectives that were not necessarily incompatible, although neither had been thought through properly. The objectives were strategic, on the one hand, and religious and cultural, on the other. The strategic objective was simply to uproot the Granadans, who had given ample proof of the enmity they felt for the Spanish state, and to relocate them as far as possible from the coast of Granada. Algerian and other raiders from across the sea had always hitherto been able to land to foray for booty or, during the years of open conflict, to bring in or take off troops and advisers from the small harbors of the Mediterranean coast. Christian Spain had long maintained a surveillance operation, on the high seas, in inshore waters, and on land, making use of the coastguard and the militias. After 1570, Christians along the coast could feel much safer, now that marauders no longer had ready-made beachheads available. The improvement in military security was obtained at significant social cost: the final polarization of society.

Keywords: assimilation; rejection; Granadan Moriscos; Spanish state; relocation; Christian Spain; military security

Chapter.  12293 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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