Isabella I was not originally heir to the throne. In terms of accomplishments, Isabella I unified Spain through her marriage to Ferdinand II of Aragon , and she financed the expedition of Christopher Columbus , leading to the discovery of the Americas. She also completed the Reconquista but infamously expelled Jews and Muslims and empowered the Spanish Inquisition.
Isabella Origin and Meaning
The name Isabella comes from the Hebrew name Elisheba, a form of Elizabeth. Isabella, meaning consecrated or pledged to God, has origins in Italian and Spanish. It is also a form of Isabel and has a rich history in medieval royals. Isabella is the number four most popular girls name in the US, according to Social Security Administration data. It has been consistently popular, remaining in the top five since , and in the top 50 since According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Isabella was at its peak popularity in July Isabella has been used throughout history and is the name of many European queens and was also by Shakespeare.
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Isabella is considered the first Queen of Spain de facto , being described as such during her own lifetime, although Castile and Aragon de jure remained two different kingdoms until the Nueva Planta Decrees of After a struggle to claim her right to the throne, she reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, and unburdened the kingdom of the enormous debt her brother had left behind. Isabella's marriage to Ferdinand in created the basis of the de facto unification of Spain. Her reforms and those she made with her husband had an influence that extended well beyond the borders of their united kingdoms. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista , ordering conversion of the Jews and Muslims from Spain, and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus 's voyage that led to the rediscovery of the New World by Europeans and to the establishment of Spain as a major power in Europe and much of the world for more than a century. Her younger brother Alfonso of Castile was born two years later on 17 November , lowering her position to third in line.