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 (rĕ′kōn-kēs′tə, -kən-)
The series of military campaigns by which Christian armies reclaimed control of the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors, starting in the eighth century and culminating in the fall of Granada in 1492.

[Spanish, reconquest, from reconquistar, to reconquer : re-, re- (from Latin re-; see re-) + conquistar, to conquer (from conquista, conquest, ultimately from alteration of Latin conquīsīta, feminine of conquīsītus, past participle of conquīrere, to search out, collect; see conquer).]
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The party understands its political quest as a "reconquista" (reconquest), and in an act full of symbolism started the election campaign on April 12 in Covadonga, in the northern region of Asturias, where the Christian King Don Pelayo defeated the Muslim troops in the year 722.
Miguel de Cervantes was born on September 29, 1547, in Spain, almost six decades after Reconquista. The fame of Cervantes lies in the fact that his novel Don Quixote is considered as the first modern European novel and the greatest one of all times.
Thus, our Latino cousins were confronted with the possibility of a reconquista by the Spaniards.
The Navarran Reconquista of the early twelfth century is memorialized in many Navarran churches with one of the imageries of James the Greater, the patron of Spain, known as Santiago Matamoros (St James the moor killer), slaying a Muslim, such as to be found in a reredos of a side chapel in Pamplona Cathedral (Photograph 1).
Eight centuries later, Saint James, or Santiago, became the de facto patron saint of Spain, and was believed by the faithful to be a supernatural warrior who led the victorious Christian armies during the Iberian Reconquista. After 1492, the Santiago cult found its way to the New World, where it continued to exert influence.
1492: The Spanish army recaptured Granada from the Moors, completing the centuries-long drive known as the Reconquista to return the Iberian peninsula to Christian rule.