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Castile

CASTILE   CASTILLA; Castille (French, but also used in English). County in northern Spain; A Kingdom which gradually extended into the greater part of the Iberian peninsula. It began as the County of Bardulia in the uppermost valley of the River … Continue reading

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Cartagena

CARTAGENA Ephemeral province in southern Spain, named after its capital, which had as Carthago Nova once given its name to the very much larger Roman province of Carthaginiensis.    The city was the principal city in Byzantine Spain, 552-624. In the … Continue reading

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Andalucía

ANDALUCÍA    ANDALUSIA (Eng). Former province and present autonomous Community in southern Spain, very similar in extent to the Roman province of Baetica.   One explanation for its name derives it from the Vandals because forms like Vandalusia exist.   Certainly the Vandals … Continue reading

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Almohad Spain

ALMOHAD SPAIN The Almohads were a religious movement among the Berbers that emphasised the unity of God;  they were al-Muwahhidun, the upholders of that unity, from which the names Almohads and the alternative MUWAHIDS are derived. A disastrous attempt to seize … Continue reading

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Albacete

ALBACETE Large but sparsely populated inland province (AB) of southeastern Spain; once marshy.   It is named after its capital, which stands on the Canal de Doña Maria Cristina, in the basin of the River Júcar.   The town, al-Basita in Arabic, … Continue reading

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