from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ferdinand V Known as "Ferdinand the Catholic.” 1452-1516. King of Castile and León (1474-1504) who ruled jointly with his wife, Isabella I. He was also king of Sicily (1468-1516) and Aragon (1479-1516) as Ferdinand II and of Naples (1504-1516) as Ferdinand III. His marriage to Isabella (1469) marked the beginning of the modern Spanish state.

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  • n. the king of Castile and Aragon who ruled jointly with his wife Isabella; his marriage to Isabella I in 1469 marked the beginning of the modern state of Spain and their capture of Granada from the Moors in 1492 united Spain as one country; they instituted the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 and supported the expedition of Christopher Columbus in 1492 (1452-1516)


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