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Isabella I of Spain, well known as the patron of Christopher Columbus, with her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon, are responsible for making possible the unification of Spain under their grandson Carlos I. As part of the drive for unification, Isabella appointed Tomás de Torquemada as the first Inquisitor General of the inquisition. March 31, 1492 marks the implementation of the Alhambra Decree; expulsion edicts forcing the removal or conversion of Jews and Muslims. Roughly 200,000 people left

Isabella of Castile was a shining example of queenship in the late medieval age. The blue-eyed, reddish-blonde haired, fair skinned Queen of Castile united the country of Spain with her husband, King Ferdinand II of Aragon as well as fearlessly led her soldiers into battle. Isabella was quite a woman – deeply religious and devout yet deviously ruthless; brave yet tender towards her children; a woman of many talents and who wielded extreme power.

Isabella, Queen of Castile and Spain - Spain - 1474: Heir to the throne of Castile, she wed Ferdinand II of Aragon, and they united Castile and Aragon into the empire of Spain. Her equal stake in rulership with Ferdinand brought stability to Spain and ushered in a golden age of prosperity that would last nearly a hundred years and see the Spanish empire expand to every corner of the globe. #womens #history #medieval era #powerful #latina #women in #politics

Spain. HM Queen Isabella II of Spain with son, His Royal Highness Prince Alfonso of Spain

Portrait of Isabella (1851-1931), princess of Asturias and daughter of queen Isabella II of Spain | artist and date unknown

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Pourbus, Frans the Younger (1569-1622) (workshop of): Isabella Clara Eugenia (1566-1633), Infanta of Spain, daughter of King Philip II. Before 1605

Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain, Duchess of Montpensier, sister of Queen Isabella II of Spain

Isabella de Bourbon, Queen of Spain -- in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue . . . and Isabella and Ferdy threw the Jews out of Spain. Be Catholic, or get out! Well, my grandparents complied -- but in 1923. ; - )

Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile Mother of Queen Isabella I of Castile, no further info.