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Renaissance Ships: Caravel, Carrack, and Galleon

A major contributor of the economic growth in the Renaissance came from trade; as bits of different cultures trickled in through spice, clothing, and (unfortunately) slave trading, the European world took off. Clothing changes, card games, food, and activities trickled in, along with new gold and gems. This new wealth allowed the rich to expand… Continue reading Renaissance Ships: Caravel, Carrack, and Galleon

15th Century Portugal

Today we will round out the Iberian Penisula with Portugal, and they spent the century exploring and colonizing. At the beginning of the century, John I of Portugal is ruling. He had won his throne at the end of the last century, and when the rival bloodline died without an heir (John I of Castile),… Continue reading 15th Century Portugal

The Zambra Mora

Dance has always been an important part of culture, and the changes in them tend to reflect the environments they are preformed in. The flamenco is no exception, and depending on the provenance of Spain you were in, affected the style of the dance. In Granada, they had a unique version called the Zambra. It… Continue reading The Zambra Mora

15th Century Spain

Aragon begins the century with the last of the members of the House of Barcelona in power, Martin the Humane (depending on whom you ask, there was little war during his reign, but he also launched crusades into Northern Africa). He succeeded his brother John I in 1396, but was stuck in Sicily as its… Continue reading 15th Century Spain

Salic Law

Do you remember learning about Joan II of Navarre and how her uncles worked tirelessly to keep her from the French throne by dreading up a forgotten concept called the Salic Law? Well, for the sake of transparency, Salic Law wasn’t actually used during that time, but applied later to justify those King’s actions. Truth… Continue reading Salic Law

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