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The Moriscos Who Stayed Behind or Returned: Post-1609

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This chapter examines documents from three kinds of cases: those involving exempted Moriscos, those providing evidence on brief Morisco returns to the Peninsula and those which show the actions that the Hispanic Monarchy took to punish disobedience. Over time, accusations of hidden Moriscos emerged, leaving evidence which can help historians to examine questions of change and continuity over time within the Peninsula. Although the Moriscos in Spain after 1609 deliberately disappeared, analysis of their significance has fostered many interpretations. With hindsight, we have been too hasty to decide on the triumph or tragedy of the Morisco Expulsion, overlooking the human elements of resilience, contingency and agency. Bernard Vincent warns that great caution should be exercised in estimating the number of Moriscos who stayed or returned after 1609. Those who remained in Spain after 1614 were not representative of the Moriscos as a whole.

Keywords: agency; Bernard Vincent; contingency; Hispanic Monarchy; Morisco Expulsion; Morisco returns; Peninsula; resilience; Spain



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