National Geographic : 1988 Jul
Spainfrom Africa by just nine miles. From here, Tariq ibn Ziyad set sail to conquer Spain, landing at the Rock of Gibraltar - the otherpillar-in711. (Gibraltarcomes from the Arabic jabal Tariq-"Tariq'smoun tain.")After defeating King Roderic's Visigoth army at the battle of Rio Barbate,Tariq's troops subdued most of Spain within a year.