"Saint Santiago Matamoros"
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Santiago Matamoros
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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".