When Black Men Ruled the World: 8 Things the Moors Brought to Europe


Papermaking was brought to Spain by the Moors, allowing the growth of libraries and, thereby, the accurate preservation and dispersal of knowledge — with Xativa, in Valencia, having the first paper factory in Europe.

Through the Moorish conquest of southern Spain, papermaking first reached the Moorish parts of Spain in the 12th century. A paper mill is recorded at Fez in Morocco in 1100, and the first paper mill on the Spanish mainland is recorded at Xàtiva in 1151.

Source: Historyofinformation.com/expanded.php?id=266

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