Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
  • Entries
  • Comments
  • Views

Introduction: Colonialism to Modernity

Sign in to follow this  


Colonialism to Modernity

Jandal Ahmar Mosque in Siccalium, built in 1311.
By the 17th century, Isabella had become its own autonomous region under the Spanish Empire. While continental Spain had rid itself of Moorish influence, Islam was still a considerable influence in San Gerardo. But with the influx of Spanish, the island's piece coexistence between Christians and Muslims was becoming more precarious. To this day, there stand several prominent mosques in Siccalium.

During the 18th and 19th century, San Gerardo was a crucial stop for trade from the eastern regions of the Mediterranean. The new port city of Santa Julieta (when the surrounding town Castillo Saint-Julieta and Ailania grew to a considerable size and merged) became the primary stop for Italian, Hungarian, and Ottoman merchants. During this time the shipbuilders of Santa Julieta became famous for their seafaring and navigational talents. Aileno sailors and navigators became highly desired as trips to the Americas became more and more frequent.

colonial map
Map of San Gerardo circa. 1795.
As the industrial revolution spread across the globe, San Gerardo became a moderate force in shipbuilding for large the empires such as Spain and Britain. This mutual cooperation between San Gerardo and the many empires it provided ships to ensured the state's continued independence until World War II.

In 1936, just a few months prior to the invasion of North Africa, San Gerardo was captured by the Italian naval forces. For the during of the war, San Gerardo served a as a resupply and resupply base for Mussolini's navy. In 1943, as the Allied invasion of Italy swept through the peninsula, San Gerardo was captured by British and American forces. 

For ten years after the war, San Gerardo was under the administrative jurisdiction of the British Empire. In 1955, prime minister Churchill relinquished control of the island, thus forming the new Republic of Siccalium (a referendum was held during the same year, thus changing the name of Isabella back to Siccalium) and Santa Julieta.

Sign in to follow this  


Recommended Comments

Although the story is quite interesting, where does this go to? We'd like to see some pics of your cities.. otherwise I'm afraid you won't get much comments.. 

Share this comment

Link to comment
Yeah, I'm not too worried about the comments. But the pics are coming, this is just the beginning. 

Share this comment

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an Account  

Sign up to join our friendly community. It's easy!  

Register a New Account

Sign In  

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


Help Keep Simtropolis Online, Open & Free!


Would you be able to help us catch up after a bit of a shortfall?

We had a small shortfall last month. Your donation today would help us catch up for this month.

Make a Donation, Get a Gift!

We need to continue to raise enough money each month to pay for expenses which includes hardware, bandwidth, software licenses, support licenses and other necessary 3rd party costs.

By way of a "Thank You" gift, we'd like to send you our STEX Collector's DVD. It's some of the best buildings, lots, maps and mods collected for you over the years. Check out the STEX Collections for more info.

Each donation helps keep Simtropolis online, open and free!

Thank you for reading and enjoy the site!

More About STEX Collections