Thursday August 15th 2013 Tim Candler
The Punic Wars, were called the Punic Wars
because around 300 BC Romans referred to peoples of North West Africa as
the Punici, which was the Roman word for the Phoenicians.
Following the Second Punic War against Carthage, descendants of
Phoenicians, the Iberian Peninsular gained the name Hispania. In the
Eighth Century The Umayyad Caliphate's conquest of Hispania - which at
the time of the conquest was called "The Kingdom of the Visigoths" -
gave the Iberian Peninsular the name Andalusia. From Al Andalus, the
Arabic for "Land of the Vandals."
Reconquista, is the name given
to period of of something like five hundred years, which ended with
the fall of Granada on January 2nd 1492. On August 3rd 1492 Columbus
set sail from Palos, a port town in The Iberian Peninsular. Palos comes from
the Latin word for Lagoon. Briefly, around the turn of the Seventeenth
Century, The Iberian Peninsular, became a political entity known as the
Iberian Union. Now days The Iberian Peninsular is Spain and Portugal.
And if you want to know why, I've been have trouble with the correct
spelling of peninsular. Which is from two Latin words, "almost" and
"island." It's Pennsylvania that has two n's.