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Byzantine Spain

BYZANTINE SPAIN In 533-4 the Byzantine Empire overthrew the Vandal Kingdom in northwestern Africa and the islands of the western Mediterranean.   Trouble in Visigothic Spain in the late 540s gave the opportunity to intervene there and in 552 a Byzantine … Continue reading

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Beja

BEJA Administrative district (distrito) in southern Portugal, named after its capital.   It lies between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean and is north of the Algarve.    Before 1833 it had been the south of Alentejo province. Some of the Portuguese princes … Continue reading

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Algarve

ALGARVE Province in the far south of Portugal;  its name comes from the Arabic al-Gharb, meaning the West.   The Moslem al-Gharb was much more extensive than the later Algarve, similar to the Roman province of Lusitania, which combined most of … Continue reading

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