After 700 years at war with the Moors, we need to take action and conquer their land once and for all!
Brave and loyal conquistadors, fight for the honour of your kingdom, and help us take back the land which is rightfully ours!
The Spanish Inquisition
By order of the King and Queen, all citizens of our kingdom must convert to Christianity or face the consequences.
The only way for the people of our kingdom to be united is if everyone follows the one true religion: Christianity.
For God, Gold, and Glory, I ask you to fund an expedition to explore the world and conquer new land for Spain.
The Reconquista was an attempt to reconquer land taken by Muslim invaders. These invaders, or the Moors, had ruled for 700 years and allowed people to practice their own religions. However, Christian kingdoms in the North did not like this and set out to recapture this land for themselves.
With their newly expanded kingdoms, Queen Isabella thought that the only way for their kingdoms to be united was through practicing the same religion. So, many citizens did in fact convert to Christianity. However, there were doubts. What if they said that they had converted, but were still practicing their religion in secret?
The Spanish Inquisition
Admit to your heresy! Confess, and we'll give you a reduced sentence!
Off to the dungeons with you!
The Spanish now were looking to expand their empire, and the land across the Atlantic Ocean had not been heavily explored. When Christopher Columbus came to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand asking for funds for his expedition to the West, they agreed.
The Reconquista, first started in 1085 by the rulers of Castile, would carry on for over 400 years, with different kingdoms capturing Moorish land. Eventually, Granada was the last remaining kingdom under Moorish control. Granada too, was then conquered by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile in 1492.
I, Muhammad XII, ruler of Granada, surrender our kingdom to the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon.
To solve this suspicion, members of the higher clergy were enlisted to seek out people who were not true Christians. They followed (often incorrect) rumours and accusations, often torturing people until they confessed, and then killing them when they did, even if they were truly Christian.
I'm telling you, I'm innocent!
In 1492, Columbus set off on a journey that would make history. On October 12, 1492, after 10 long weeks at sea, Columbus and his crew finally reached new lands in the Caribbean, claiming them for Spain.