The destruction suffered by the Caliphate army of Al-Andalus in the battle of Siyilmasa (1055) meant a change in the control of the southern Saharan gold coming from the Sahel area. This led to the collapse of the Caliphate of Córdoba, which crumbled into a multitude of Taifas. Taking advantage of the Caliphate’s collapse, Almoravid troops occupied the Iberian Peninsula, which led to a different relationship with the Christian world.
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