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We have briefly covered the Extremadura during the Roman and Visigothic periods.

extremadura roman temple

 

We then took on a broader scope in discussing the initial Arabic invasions (711 A.D.), the settling of Extremadura by the Berber jundis, control and expansion of the Lower Marche by Ibn Marwan al Jilliqi and the destruction of the Cordova Caliphate which led to the era of taifas.

 

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We then continued on history’s path by following the Extremadura under the control of the Party King al Mutawakkil al Aftas of Badajoz, his brief invitation to control Cordova, the constant threat of Christian King Alfonso VI and the final defeat of al Mutawakkil’s reign by Yusuf ibn Tashufin; Almoravid ruler of nomadic Berber North Africa.

 

Yusuf ibnTashfin

 

We will now discuss the fall of the Almoravids, the rise of the Almohads and the reconquista by the Christians. We would be remiss if we did not also look at the power of the Abbey of Cluny, France and its long lasting aftermath. Included in this aftermath will be a discussion of the reasons for the mass exodus of farming people from Spain to the Americas. We will conclude with some historical sidelights such as Guadianna river basin populations, farming and industries of the basin.

 

Tomorrow: The Almohads

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