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The History of iBiza

Jun 6, 2008
We have evidence that settlements on iBiza date back over 3000 years. In 654 BC the Carthaginians discovered the island and founded iBiza town making it one of the earliest towns in Europe.

The Carthaginians used iBiza to manufacture salt by allowing the sea to evaporate in large salt pans. You can see the salt pans they built in Salinas. iBiza became an important trading center with a large harbor and big city walls.

The Carthaginians also used iBiza to bury there dead. It's thought they chose the island as there were no wild animals to dig up the corpses.

The Romans took the island by force in 123 BC. The bridge the Romans built can be seen in Santa Eulalia crossing the river bed at the entrance to the town.

When the Romans started to lose there grip around the 5th Century iBiza was then invaded by Vandals, Barbarians and Byzantines

The Arabs came in the 9th century A.D. and stayed for almost 500 years. The Arabic influence can still be felt strongly today in many customs, such as the construction of the houses, traditional costumes and the island dialect 'Ibicenco'.

The Catalans conquered the island on the 8th of August 1235. They tore down the mosque and built a Cathedral. The islanders were forced to convert to Christianity and the church building began. Most of our island churches were built around the 18th Century.

iBiza has had more than its fair share of invaders and the invasions continue in the form of stag and hen parties in San Antonio every weekend during the summer months. I think I'd prefer the Vandals.
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