Granada, Spain

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Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain, province in Andalusia and its capital city, with 240,661 inhabitants, (2001). Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada was historically known as a silk manufacturing center. The province included the city of Granada, one of the three largest cities in Castile in the fifteenth century, and a large concentration of Spain's Moorish population. The last refuge of the Moors during the Reconquest, Granada surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella on 2 January 1492. In 1499, Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros introduced forcible conversion of the Moors, an action that led to the revolt of the Alpujarras in 1500. After the revolt was crushed, the Moors were given the choice to convert or emigrate. After another revolt (1568–1570), the Moorish population was scattered and resettled throughout the rest of Spain.


Antonio Domínguez Ortiz and Bernard Vincent, Historia de los Moriscos (1978).

Henri Lapeyre, Geografía de la España morisca (1986).

Additional Bibliography

Casey, James. Family and Community in Early Modern Spain: The Citizens of Granada, 1570–1739. Cambridge, U.K. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Harris, A. Katie. From Muslim to Christian Granada: Inventing a City's Past in Early Modern Spain. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Peinado Santaella, Rafael Gerardo, Manuel Barrios Aguilera, and Francisco Andújar Castillo, eds. Historia del Reino de Granada. 3 vols. Granada: Universidad de Granada: Legado Andalusí, 2000.

                              Suzanne Hiles Burkholder