Thursday, August 15, 2013

Almost An Island.

The Punic Wars, were called the Punic Wars because around 300 BC Romans referred to peoples of North West Africa as the Punici, which was the Roman word for the Phoenicians.  Following the Second Punic War against Carthage, descendants of Phoenicians, the Iberian Peninsular gained the name Hispania. In the Eighth Century The Umayyad Caliphate's conquest of Hispania - which at the time of the conquest was called "The Kingdom of the Visigoths" - gave the Iberian Peninsular the name Andalusia. From Al Andalus, the Arabic for "Land of the Vandals."

Reconquista, is the name given to  period of of something like five hundred years, which ended with the fall of Granada on January 2nd 1492.  On August 3rd 1492 Columbus set sail from Palos, a port town in The Iberian Peninsular. Palos comes from the Latin word for Lagoon. Briefly, around the turn of the Seventeenth Century, The Iberian Peninsular, became a political entity known as the Iberian Union.  Now days The Iberian Peninsular is Spain and Portugal.   And if you want to know why, I've been have trouble with the correct spelling of peninsular. Which is from two Latin words, "almost" and "island."  It's Pennsylvania that has two n's.

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