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Queen Isabella Of Castilla Essay

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Many people have heard of Queen Isabella of Spain who changed Spain and the New World. Although many people see Queen Isabella as a mean, nasty, and ignorant person, she changed history forever by fighting over the power of the Kingdom with her brother and fighting the Muslims Moors to take back Spain into Catholic power. Although her marriage was struggle, they united the two Spain kingdoms, which previously had been separated. She also was the person behind the voyage of Christopher Columbus and much more to effect the world of history.
At the age of 6 she had decide to marry Ferdinand, the son of John II of Narve. This marriage would show the alliance of the two kingdoms of Spain that ...view middle of the document...

(Page 63) After this, Isabella made her daughter the heiress of the crown, with this made Isabella’s ruling real.
When she came to the throne, Castile was not in good shape. Her country was almost broken from her brother, who was a big spender and did not enforce laws. At this time she needed to reform her Kingdom, so she was seen as unforgiving. Her first thing in reforming the Kingdom was a police force that helped control crimes. The second reform was closing down the mints, which aloud her to be in control of the Kingdoms money.
Isabella is very well known for her government work. She and her husband established new government administrative buildings in their kingdoms. Soon Isabella made the royal admirations, the senior offices, and the royal households honorary titles held by nobles. Senior churchmen held the rest of the positions. The senior churchmen did most of the work while the nobles held the titles.
While the reform was going on they started the Reconquista. This started when Muslims Moors started conquest in Spain. At this, Queen Isabella and King Fernando started a series of wars. At the end of the Reconquista, the only place they had not conquered was Granada, which was being held hostage by the Muslims. What made Granada hard to conquer was that it was surround by mountains, fortified towns, and barriers. To conquer Granada took ten years. They recruited soldiers and improved their artillery to take back Granada. To conquer Granada they went city by city until finally 1491 when Muhammad XII surrendered. Once they took back Granada they kicked out the Muslims or made them convert.
After three months had past, Queen Isabella agreed to sponsor Christopher Columbus on...

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