It is estimated that the total Morisco population expelled from Spain to Africa ranged between 300.000 and 450.000 individuals. The majority of them lived in the Crown of Aragon, especially in the Kingdom of Valencia, where they accounted for about one third of the population (130.000 Moriscos out of a total of 350.000 inhabitants).
What do you think they did when they arrived in Africa? What would be the reaction of North-African people?
This picture shows the horrors that awaited the expelled Moriscos. Reports came back to Spain about the atrocities committed against the Moriscos when they landed in Africa. This news was greeted by supporters of expulsion as evidence that it had been the right thing to do. It meant, they said, that the Moors were so undesirable that even their “African brothers” considered them pariahs. However, there is another possible interpretation: Moriscos were mistreated in north Africa because here too they were considered to be “the other”.