“It was stated to me by several Spanish gentlemen, both here and at Malaga, as a fact, recorded in the annals of Granada, that at the final expulsion of the Moors, in 1487, a royal order was made by Ferdinand and Isabella, that the families of the Moors then remaining in Spain, should be transported to the African shore, and landed in Morocco, at the expense of the Spanish government.”
“For this purpose, Spanish vessels were employed, and contracts made with the masters of certain stipulated price per head, for all the Moors they should transport. They were shipped principally to Malaga and Almeria. Several of these vessels performed two trips in a day and night.”
“This despatch excited some surprise among the Spanish officers; and upon inquiry, the found, that as soon as these vessels had advanced 20 or 30 miles from the harbors, the Moors were thrown overboard, and suffered to perish in the sea. This accounted for the speedy return of the vessels for a fresh cargo. But such was the spirit of the nation at that period, and such their hatred for the Moors, that no measure were taken to punish the perpetrators of these acts of cruelty.”
“When we consider these barbarities, and those exercised by Pizarro and other Spaniards upon the unoffending and defenseless natives of South America, none can be found so blind as not to see the manifestation of the divine displeasure of an avenging God, visited upon this now wretched, impoverished and degraded nation. That cupidity, that avri sacra fames, which impelled the Spaniards to acts of unexampled cruelty, has entailed a ‘curse not causeless,’ upon their country.”
Source: Journal of a Tour to Malta, Greece, Asia Minor, Carthage, Algiers, Port Mahon, and Spain, in 1828 (Classic Reprint) Paperback – February 15, 2019
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