Queen is­abella i of Castile 1451-1504

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To say that Is­abella achieved a lot dur­ing her reign is an un­der­state­ment. Queen of Castile through her own right, she also be­came the queen con­sort of Aragon through her mar­riage to King Fer­di­nand II – their union joined the two king­doms to­gether and paved the way for the uni­fi­ca­tion of Spain un­der their grand­son, Charles V. To­gether, the cou­ple com­pleted the Re­con­quista, which had taken al­most

800 years, and they fi­nanced Christo­pher Colom­bus’s 1492 voy­age to the New World, lead­ing to the creation of the Span­ish Em­pire. In Castile, Is­abella dealt with the large debts in­curred by her half-brother, King Henry IV, as well as re­or­gan­is­ing the gov­ern­ment and re­duc­ing the crime rate.

Queen Is­abella was a force to be reck­oned with

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