Spain is a large country in Europe to the south of France, and the home of Don Quixote. Southern Spain was a mix of cultures due to the "occupation" in the 7th - 15th centuries of the Moors from Africa who did not uproot the local population, and the intermittent influx of Jews coming to escape persecution elsewhere in Europe.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Spanish peninsula underwent a period of isolated calm, as the various nomadic invaders from the East either passed through or settled.
In 711 the Moorish Invasion occurred, when the armies of Islam, having conquered their way along the Mediterranean coast of Africa, crossed at the Pillars of Hercules and invaded what would become Spain. By 714, just three years later, all of the penisula was is Islamic hands, except for a tiny enclave in the extreme north-west, in Galicia, held by a mixture of Christianised Visigoths and Romanised Spaniards. In 732, however, at the battle of Poitiers in France Charles Martel defeated the Islamic armies and the Moorish advance was halted. Under the Moors, with their capital at Cordoba, Spain enjoyed culture, prosperity, and relative peace. Agriculture was enhanced by techniques of irrigation, and by the introduction of new crops, such as the orange
The SCA in Spain
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