Isabella I of Castile

Isabella I Queen of Castile. Her marriage to Ferdinand II of Aragon became the basis for the political unification of Spain. After a struggle to claim her right to the throne, she reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, and unburdened the kingdom of the enormous debt her brother had left behind. Her reforms and those she made with her husband had an influence that extended well beyond the borders of their united kingdoms. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista, ordering conversion or exile of their Muslim and Jewish subjects, and for supporting and financing voyages that led to the opening of the New World and to the establishment of Spain as the first global power which dominated Europe and much of the world for more than a century.

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