Conquista

Conquista developed alongside the old Camino de Plata [silver route] as a defence against highwaymen; however, when the route to the Castilian meseta was redirected via Despeñaperros, Conquista, a dependency of Pedroche, was isolated and enjoyed peace and tranquillity, an invaluable luxury during this period.

 

The humble white-washed houses of the village, boasting granite lintels and red roofs, are set amidst pasture-land filled with ilexes, under the protective watch of the belfry of Santa Ana. 

 

  • The village is located in the northeast of Los Pedroches, 16 km from the C-420.
  • Altitude: 595 m. 
  • Surface area: 38.5 km2.
  • Population: 486.
  • Term used to designate inhabitants: Conquisteños.
  • Region: Los Pedroches 

 

Conquista was founded at the end of the 16th century, at the behest of the City Hall of Córdoba, which promoted the creation of new villages along the Camino de Plata, in order to provide a greater degree of protection and security to the main route providing access to the Castilian meseta and Madrid.

 

To this end, and according to the historian J. Aranda, the Council of Córdoba proposed the settlement of this site by inhabitants of the hamlet of Navagrande who had requested farm lands.

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