When did the Moors take over Portugal?

In 711 Moors from North Africa invaded the Iberian peninsula. They quickly conquered what is now southern Portugal and they ruled it for centuries.

How long did the Moors occupy Portugal?

Much of Portugal lived under Islamic rule for over 500 years from the early 8th century, when North African invaders overturned the Germanic kingdoms that had held sway over the Iberian Peninsula since the fall of the Roman Empire.

Did the Moors get to Portugal?

The Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, was finally conquered from the Moors in 1249, and in 1255 the capital shifted to Lisbon. Neighboring Spain would not complete its Reconquista until 1492, almost 250 years later. Portugal’s land boundaries have been notably stable for the rest of the country’s history.

What did the Moors do in Portugal?

The Moors constructed many castles, especially in the southern region of Algarve, to defend the land they had conquered. Military buildings were usually located on top of hills and other strategic places, which allowed the Moors to better protect their territories and trade routes.

What does a black Moor mean?

So-called blackamoors, or Black Moors, were Black servants, originally enslaved North Africans, who worked in wealthy European households from the 15th-18th centuries.

Where did Moors come from?

Of mixed Arab, Spanish, and Amazigh (Berber) origins, the Moors created the Islamic Andalusian civilization and subsequently settled as refugees in the Maghreb (in the region of North Africa) between the 11th and 17th centuries.

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