IBIZA - HISTORY

Archeological excavations suggest that the history of Ibiza dates back to 800BC when it was discovered by the Phoenicians (situated in the former Phoenician Sun Road) who named it Ibshim, or `Pine covered Island`. However, it was the arrival of the Carthaginians in 654BC that had the most significant early impact on the development of the island. They began by capitalizing on Ibiza`s perfect location as a port, developing many profitable trade routes, in particular; the exportation of salt. The Carthaginians were also responsible for founding Ibiza Town, which they named Ibossim from the earlier Phoenician Ibshim.

In 123BC, the Romans arrived in the Balearics and took control. The Carthaginian name for Ibiza, `Ibossim`, became `Ebusus`. During the centuries that followed Ibiza was passed from hand to hand for short periods of time, none of which resulted in any significant developments apart from a short stint under Byzantine rule.

The Moors arrived in the 9th Century AD, renamed it `Yebisah` and started a five century reign. Many of the well thought out architectural achievements can still be admired today. Moorish culture, design and tradition have continued to pepper many elements of modern day Ibizan life, adding charm and depth to the history of many parts of the island.

The historic date for the island is August 8th 1235, date of the Catalan conquest. Christianity had the biggest impact on the island, the mosque became a cathedral and many of the names were changed to Saints names, which are still in use today. The Catalans governed Ibiza from mainland Spain which forced the islanders to become self sufficient and independent. During centuries Ibiza was a meeting point for the Saracen vessels which ravaged the Mediterranean Sea, protected by the Turkish squadron. It is during these times that the towers which surround the island and the aspect of fortress of the rural churches were built.

It was not until the 1970`s that the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands was created, which led to the naming of the Balearic Islands an autonomous community of Spain and granting the archipelago the freedom to self govern.
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IBIZA - HISTORY

Archeological excavations suggest that the history of Ibiza dates back to 800BC when it was discovered by the Phoenicians (situated in the former Phoenician Sun Road) who named it Ibshim, or `Pine covered Island`. However, it was the arrival of the Carthaginians in 654BC that had the most significant early impact on the development of the island. They began by capitalizing on Ibiza`s perfect location as a port, developing many profitable trade routes, in particular; the exportation of salt. The Carthaginians were also responsible for founding Ibiza Town, which they named Ibossim from the earlier Phoenician Ibshim.

In 123BC, the Romans arrived in the Balearics and took control. The Carthaginian name for Ibiza, `Ibossim`, became `Ebusus`. During the centuries that followed Ibiza was passed from hand to hand for short periods of time, none of which resulted in any significant developments apart from a short stint under Byzantine rule.

The Moors arrived in the 9th Century AD, renamed it `Yebisah` and started a five century reign. Many of the well thought out architectural achievements can still be admired today. Moorish culture, design and tradition have continued to pepper many elements of modern day Ibizan life, adding charm and depth to the history of many parts of the island.

The historic date for the island is August 8th 1235, date of the Catalan conquest. Christianity had the biggest impact on the island, the mosque became a cathedral and many of the names were changed to Saints names, which are still in use today. The Catalans governed Ibiza from mainland Spain which forced the islanders to become self sufficient and independent. During centuries Ibiza was a meeting point for the Saracen vessels which ravaged the Mediterranean Sea, protected by the Turkish squadron. It is during these times that the towers which surround the island and the aspect of fortress of the rural churches were built.

It was not until the 1970`s that the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands was created, which led to the naming of the Balearic Islands an autonomous community of Spain and granting the archipelago the freedom to self govern.