Twilight of the Moors, Battle of Jerez, 1231 AD April 11

By SHAWN STEEL, CA Committeeman to the RNC

April 13, 2016 - San Francisco, CA – – The Battle of Jerez, also called the Jerez Cavalcade, was fought between the forces of Ferdinand III, king of Castile and León, and the Islamic Moors. The battle’s location was near the modern city of Jerez de la Frontera, in Southern Spain. The Moors were led by Ibn Hud.

The Northern Spanish and Castilians were victorious though outnumbered 7 to 1.

After the surprise and crushing defeat the Islamists retreated from areas they had controlled since the 8th Century. This battle opened a psychological and military crisis for the Islamists which resulted in substantially less territory under their control. The last Muslim fortress rested in Granada, which lasted until Spain’s liberation in 1492.

The wars to free the country from Islamist control lasted another 261 years.

©2016 Shawn Steel. Mr. Steel is the Republican National Committeeman from California. He is a past Chairman of the California Republican Party and the Founding Director of the California chapter of the influential pro-taxpayer group, the Club for Growth. He maintains a web presence at All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.