April 29 711 AD – Moorish General Tariq ibn-Ziyad Lands at Gibraltar

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April 29 711 AD – Moorish General Tariq ibn-Ziyad Lands at GibraltarRate this post Long before Sultan Mehmed II terrified Europe after seizing Constantinople, the western edge of the continent fell under Muslim control when the Moors landed on the Iberian Peninsula. Tariq ibn-Ziyad, at the head of a 10,000-strong army from North Africa, began the conquest on April 29, 711AD at Gibraltar — a strip of land jutting into the Mediterranean Sea he named after himself. For nearly 500 years the Umayyad Dynasty reigned in Spain, leading to a flowering of culture while the rest of Europe languished in the Dark Ages. In the centuries following the disintegration of […]