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Spanish History Quiz


  1. By what title was Castilian knight and medieval ruler Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar better known?
  2. Which Spanish conquistador landed on the coast of Mexico with 600 men in 1519?
  3. Which Spanish navigator completed the first circumnavigation of the world after Fedinand Magellan's death in the Philippines?
  4. Which general overthrew the Spanish democratic republic in the Spanish Civil War?
  5. Name the first reigning queen of Spain who is known for her patronage of Columbus's voyages?
  6. A major conflict of the Napoleonic War, by what name is the War of Spanish Independence better known?

  7. In which year did the Spanish Civil War end?
  8. Which English queen was married to Philip II of Spain?
  9. Name the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire in the 16th century?
  10. What was the name of the Spanish king who abdicated in 2014 in favour of his son, Felipe VI?
  11. Which Spanish novel published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, is often considered to be the world's first modern novel?
  12. In which decade did Spanish painter Pablo Picasso die?
  13. What is the name of the Moorish fortress and palace complex located in Granada, Spain?
  14. Which major European conflict involving Spain was fought between 1701 and 1714?
  15. On 26 April 1937, which Basque town was aerial bombed?
  16. What name did the Romans use to refer to the entire Iberian Peninsula?
  17. Which city designated as "Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies" was granted city status by King Philip II of Spain in 1592?
  18. Name the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain which Columbus used as his launching point for his second voyage to the New World?
  19. The Spanish Armada set sail from Spain in which year?
  20. Which Dominican friar was the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition?
  21. Can you name the daughter of Isabella I and Ferdinand II who became Princess of Wales in 1501?
  22. What royal title is normally granted at birth to the children of Spanish monarchs?
  23. Which painter is considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries?
  24. Which king appointed the Duke of Medina Sidonia as commander of the Spanish Armada?


  1. El Cid
  2. Hernando Cortes
  3. Juan Sebastian Elcano
  4. General Francisco Franco
  5. Isabella I of Castile
  6. The Peninsular War
  7. 1939
  8. Mary I
  9. Francisco Pizarro
  10. Juan Carlos I
  11. Don Quixote (by Miguel de Cervantes)
  12. 1970s (1973)
  13. Alhambra
  14. War of the Spanish Succession
  15. Guernica
  16. Hispania
  17. Havana
  18. Cadiz
  19. 1588
  20. Tomas de Torquemada
  21. Catherine of Aragon
  22. Infante of Spain
  23. Francisco Goya
  24. Philip II