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    After the Catholic Monarchs took control of Granada in 1492 AD, they began to destroy all evidence that the Moors had ever been in Spain since 711 AD.

    Over the following century, the Spanish authorities persecuted and expelled 300,000 Muslims and burned as many as one million Arabic books. However, the Catholics could not bring themselves to destroy the amazing Al Hambra castle.

    Modern archeologists are today rediscovering the role of the Moors in preserving important works of Classical Greek, Roman and Renaissance literature and others.

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