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Noor Elkholi M4-01 Mrs. Karp 2/21/08 Essay: The Unification of Spain under the Rule of Isabella and Ferdinand In the 1400s, no one in Spain would have thought that the unity of two would unite two kingdoms, and thus lay the foundation of their country. With a desire to be as devout a catholic she could be, Isabella also had another dream-to unify Spain. It was very important to Isabella and Ferdinand to acquire power from the rebellious grandees, and they attempted to do so in various ways. They established their power on the Iberian Peninsula using both Catholic religion and political alliances to fulfill their desire to unify Spain. ...read more.


This edict said that the Muslims and Jews had two choices, either to convert to Christianity. With Spain free of Jews and Muslims, it became easier for Isabella to gain more power from her own people because their beliefs were common now. Even though there were people among the Spaniards who disagreed with Isabella's plans, they did not dare speak up. Isabella's piety to Catholicism enabled her to proceed with her plans of unifying Spain by using religion as well. For example, since the edict expelled the Jews and Muslims from Spain, Spain became mainly a Christian nation, which Isabella wanted it to be. ...read more.


or were simply arrested, confiscated of their property or were refused gainful employment for their children. These sentances were just another piece of proof of how Isabella helped her culture, but in means of terror, which she did also politically, in more or less the same way. With all these attempts and succession of gaining power, Isabella did not show signs of an effective ruler, but a pious Catholic. For example, ridding Spain of Jews and Muslims also rid Spain of knowledge and wealth. Arabic books were burned, which resulted in a huge loss of ideas and history. Also, Jews and Muslims were leather makers, bankers, tax-collectors, traders and industrialists. So, in the end, Spain was relying on the goods from the "new world" to keep them going after Isabella expelled the Jews and Muslims. ?? ?? ?? ?? Elkholi 1 ...read more.

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