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I think you can talk about potential Moorish influences on Iberian nautical expansion in three areas. Wealth: By the 9th/10th Century, al-Andalus (Islamic Spain + Portugal) was by far the most advanced and wealthiest part of Western or Central Europe. When the northern Christian kingdoms expanded south, they were generally conquering places that were ...


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"Some people believe that Renaissance started in Toledo". Who are these people? I think the prevailing opinion is that Renaissance started in Italy. By the way, Columbus came from Italy too. And notice that his first voyage started in exactly the same year when the Moors were finally expelled from Iberian peninsula. Speaking of the knowledge of antiquity. ...


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In a backhanded way, yes. First of all, the Arabs and Moors were driven out of Iberia 300 years before Columbus set sail, so at that point the effects from the occupation were of a historical nature. Columbus' family was from Genoa. In those days there were two maritime empires: Genoa and Venice. This is where the most advanced technology and culture was ...


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TL; DR: Yes, there is a relationship, but not of the kind you probably think. A lot has been written on how Columbus' journey of discovery was only made possible by the fact that he was hilariously wrong about his estimates of the size of the Earth. The man himself being Genovese, his estimate would have been based largely on Italian science which yes, was ...



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