Ask anyone about the significance of the year 1492, and you're almost certain to hear something about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the New World. But there is also a perspective on 1492 far different than the one most of us know - one that is more complete and complex. A 1492 when there was no country called Spain and no language called Spanish. A 1492 whose biggest event - in the region that would eventually become Spain - was the surrender of the last Muslim stronghold, Granada, with the subsequent Edict of Expulsion that gave Jews three months to either convert to Christianity or leave the Kingdom of Castile and the Crown of Aragon.
This 12-lecture series uses the year 1492 to examine the events that made Spain a country and an empire. It examines the centuries of developments that led up to that pivotal year in Spanish history and the consequences that followed for both Spain and the New World, presenting Spanish history from the perspective of both the victors and the defeated: the Muslims, Jews, and New World natives for whom 1492 was not a time of wonder but of terror and despair.
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The author was my favourite character in this book, as he was fair and truthful in presenting the incidents. That period was full of injustice and the catholic monarchs and their armies were horrible to everyone including their own people in Castille. What happened to the minorities in Spain and to the original inhabitants of the Spanish colonies was so upsetting. Even when the author tried to make a point on their behalf it was evidently racist actions by such rulers and their followers.
His performance was excellent.
The moments that moved me were those about the Spanish inquisitions and those about the enslavement of the original inhabitants of the Latin America.
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