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Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614$
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L. P. Harvey

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226319636

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226319650.001.0001

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Assimilation or Rejection? The 1570s and 1580s

Assimilation or Rejection? The 1570s and 1580s

(p.238) Seven Assimilation or Rejection? The 1570s and 1580s
Muslims in Spain, 1500 to 1614
University of Chicago Press

The policy of scattering the Granadan Moriscos had two distinct objectives that were not necessarily incompatible, although neither had been thought through properly. The objectives were strategic, on the one hand, and religious and cultural, on the other. The strategic objective was simply to uproot the Granadans, who had given ample proof of the enmity they felt for the Spanish state, and to relocate them as far as possible from the coast of Granada. Algerian and other raiders from across the sea had always hitherto been able to land to foray for booty or, during the years of open conflict, to bring in or take off troops and advisers from the small harbors of the Mediterranean coast. Christian Spain had long maintained a surveillance operation, on the high seas, in inshore waters, and on land, making use of the coastguard and the militias. After 1570, Christians along the coast could feel much safer, now that marauders no longer had ready-made beachheads available. The improvement in military security was obtained at significant social cost: the final polarization of society.

Keywords:   assimilation, rejection, Granadan Moriscos, Spanish state, relocation, Christian Spain, military security

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