The last largest Morisco village of Spain

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Blanca was the last and most important Morisco village in Spain in 1613. All the Moriscoes had to leave the country in 1609. The residents of Blanca, one of the six villages that belonged to the Ricote Valley, could postpone the expulsion until 1613. However, at the end of the year 1613 the sad announcement came that the Moriscoes of the Ricote Valley also had to leave the country. This was finally the case on December 13, 1613. About 75% of the population of 1000 inhabitants went on foot to the port of Cartagena, where the Moriscoes had to be embarked. A small portion of the 1000 inhabitants had escaped and withdrawn in the high mountains of Ricote. After 10 – 15 years, many came back. Finally around 45% of the former inhabitants of Blanca and the Ricote Valley could continue staying in their territories. These people married in the course of time with the Christians, and today Blanca is one of the most pious villages in the province of Murcia. This movie shows you the old Morisco neighborhood and the small winding streets that ran to the castle, and the very old houses of centuries ago. The expulsion was unlawful because the inhabitants were new christians. So this was another Hispanic Drama.


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  1. The story quotes, in 1567 there will be no Arabic spoken or Islamic dress worn thereafter, and Islam will be renounced at weddings – in Negra/Blanca. So why is that no longer adhered to? If that is the law, and I doubt if it has been repealed, then why do I hear Arabic openly spoken and women dressing as if this is Africa? Maybe deportation might be in order again?
    In addition to this, some say 'Negra' (pre Blanca) was so-named because of local black volcanic rocks. I have carried out an extensive search and not located any such thing – so far, and do not anticipate doing so! I would consider the word/term 'volcanic' is confused with geothermal, perhaps. That would make sense, although the only black-rocks I have discovered seem to be weathered course-grained sandstone and fine-sedimentary mudstone with lots of quartz veins running through it. There is NO igneous rock or anything that resembles it in this local.

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