History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 1

History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 1

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History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 1

History of the Conquest of Spain by the Arab-Moors - Vol. 1

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It is proper that I should set before the reader the motives which prompted me to write this book; the scope and divisions of the subject, and the principal authorities from which I have derived my information.

I have always, since a sojourn of more than two years in Mexico, from 1846 to 1848, been greatly interested in Spanish history. The valiant deeds of the Conquistadores led me back to the mother country of such heroes, and to the earlier days of its romantic and brilliant annals, especially under the dominion of the Arab-Moors. The interest thus excited was greatly increased by a brief visit to Spain in 1870, with a special purpose to obtain those glimpses of scenery, and of classic localities, which are to the student revelations, giving system to what he has read, and enlightening him in his later studies. In that romantic land, Nature has played a large part in the history: the mountains and rivers teem . . .

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