Rebellion of the Alpujarras
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Rebellion of the Alpujarras (Rebelión de las Alpujarras) was the rising of the Moriscos from Granada which began in 1568 among rural populations in the mountainous areas of the Alpujarras.
The insurrection was led by Aben Humeya which took the form of guerrilla warfare against the Castillan forces in the Alpujarra mountains. Its repression required two years of harsh combats and the sending of more than 80,000 soldiers due to the radicalism of the resistors, the mountainous terrain and the lack of agreement among the Christians about how to fight the war. After the defeat, more than 70,000 Moriscos were dispersed around the lands of Castile, where many eventually fell into banditry. The Moriscos were eventually expelled from Spain in 1609.
It is alleged that to provoke a rebellion, Phillip II broke his promises previously made in treaties made with the Muslims and issued an edict requiring Moriscos to give up their Arabic names, their traditional Moorish dress, and even prohibited the speaking of Arabic and Berber. They were even told that they would have to give up their children to be educated by Christian priests.
- Morisco Revolt (Wiikpedia)
Keywords:Alpujarras revolt, end of Moors in Spain, Alpujarras history, Moorish Alpujarras, Moors in Alpujarras, Alpujarras repression