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The Legends of Granada

The Legends of Granada
The Legends of Granada

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus may be best known for the man who found the United States of America, but he also holds a special place in Granada’s history. Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, arriving in Spain some 34 years later. He had an idea to find new and faster silk and spice routes by heading west to reach India and Asia, as opposed to sailing south towards the Cape of Good Hope and Africa before heading eastwards just like many a spice merchant did at the time. He made an unsuccessful bid to convince Italy, Portugal, and England to fund his voyages. However, while having been opposed to the idea, Spain’s Isabel la Católica eventually agreed.

In 1492, Fernando and Isabel signed the capitulations in Santa Fe, in which they outlined the terms of Columbus’ voyage. On August 3rd, Columbus and 90 men set sail on three boats: the flagship Santa María from Cadiz, the Pinta, and the Niña. He landed in the Bahamas on an island he called San Salvador. Columbus was certain that he’d made it to the Indies. He also believed that he had arrived in mainland Japan each arriving in Cuba in October of 1492. He made his return to his home country of Spain in 1493.

Mariana Pineda

Born in 1804, Mariana Pineda married liberal cause supporter Manuel Peralta at just 15 years of age. He died shortly after, leaving her a widow when she was just 18 and with two young children to raise. After her first husband died in the 1820s, Mariana increased her involvement in politics.  She forged passports in order to help soldiers escape, and while the police searched her house, they failed to find anything. However, they returned on March 18th, 1831 and placed her under house arrest after finding a liberal flag. She attempted to escape 10 days later but failed and was taken to a convent that held political prisoners. On May 26th, a mule took her to the Jardines de Triunfo where she was buried in a grave that was left unmarked. However, her remains were reburied with a plaque marking the house where she remained in her final years.

Gran Capitán

Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba was a key military figure during the conquest of Granada and is regarded as a pioneer of trench warfare. Born on September 1st, 1453 in Cordoba, he was married twice, with his first wife passing away when he was aged just 36. He has a daughter with his second wide. The conquest of Granada went on for a decade, and during this period, Fernández de Córdoba learned to be a soldier. Due to his ability to speak Berber Arabic, he was in a position to assist with negotiations with the Moorish and the capitulations for their surrender. He was rewarded his very own land nearby to Loma, which was outside of Granada. Gran Capitán was a key military commander in the Italian Wars, which saw the conquest of Naples and the victory over the French

Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba was a key military figure during the conquest of Granada and is regarded as a pioneer of trench warfare. Born on September 1st, 1453 in Cordoba, he was married twice, with his first wife passing away when he was aged just 36. He has a daughter with his second wide. The conquest of Granada went on for a decade, and during this period, Fernández de Córdoba learned to be a soldier. Due to his ability to speak Berber Arabic, he was in a position to assist with negotiations with the Moorish and the capitulations for their surrender. He was rewardedhis very ownland nearby to Loma, which was outside of Granada. Gran Capitán was a key military commander in the Italian Wars, which saw the conquest of Naples and the victory over the French.