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The Geography of the Morisco Expulsion: A Quantitative Study

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This chapter recalls the broad outlines of a very unequal distribution of the Moriscos. The Moriscos were proportionally much more numerous in Aragón than in Castile. The geographic distribution of the Moriscos in Castile was in large part the consequence of the resettlement of Moriscos from Granada, which began in 1569 after the revolt that started in the Alpujarras Mountains and later extended to Moriscos from almost the entire kingdom of Granada. The most significant factor was not, in fact, the greater or lesser number of Moriscos to be found in a given town, city, or kingdom. If the Spanish Crown intended to expel all the Moriscos, it took its time in order to avoid complications and to adapt to all possible circumstances. The chapter traces the broad outlines of Morisco geography subsequent to the Expulsion from Spain.

Keywords: Alpujarras Mountains; Aragón; Castile; Expulsion; geographic distribution; Granada; Moriscos; Spain



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