"Saint Santiago Matamoros"
Matamoros means "Moor Slayer". St James
, one of the twelve apostles, was said to have appeared miraculously at the Battle of Clavijo
in 844, riding on a white charger, sword in hand. The Christian army was greatly outnumbered by the Moors, led by the Emir of Cordoba, but was saved from defeat by St James's intervention. Santiago/St James was thus made the patron saint of Spain.
Cervantes mentions the saint in Don Quixote: "St James the Moorslayer, one of the most valiant saints and knights the world ever had".