King Rodrigo Ruler of Spain Killed at Battle of Guadalete by Muslim Forces Hot

King Rodrigo Ruler of Spain Killed at Battle of Guadalete by Muslim Forces

Battle of Guadalete
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Battle of Guadalete: Tariq ibn Ziyad kills King Rodrigo (or Roderic), Visigoth ruler of Spain, at the Guadalete River in the south of the Iberian peninsula.

Tariq ibn Ziyad had landed at Gibraltar with 7,000 Muslims at the invitation of heirs of the late Visigoth king Witica (Witiza), who wanted to get rid of Rodrigo (this group includes Oppas, the bishop of Toledo and primate of all Spain, who happens to be the brother of the late King Witica).

Ziyad, however, refuses to turn control of the region back over to the heirs of Witica. Almost the entire Iberian peninsula would come under Islamic control by 718 CE. The Battle of Guadalete is also sometimes known as the Battle of La Janda, Battle of the Río Barbate, or Battle of the Transductine Promontories.

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