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Location of Ricote in Murcia.

Ricote is a Spanish municipality in the autonomous community of Murcia. It has a population of 1,509 (2004) and an area of 87.7 km² .[1]

Ricote had a community of Moriscos (crypto-Muslims) until the 1609 Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain. Scholars Govert Westerveld [2] and Prof. Francisco Márquez Villanueva[3] of the Harvard University believe that the name of the Morisco character Ricote in Don Quixote is derived from the village.


  1. ^ Ricote (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Westerveld, Govert (2007). Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Ana Félix y el morisco Ricote del Valle de Ricote en "Don Quijote II" del año 1615. (capítulos 54, 55, 63, 64 y 65). ISBN 84-923151-5-6
  3. ^ Marquez Villanueva, Francisco (2010) Moros, moriscos y turcos en Cervantes. Ensayos críticos. ISBN 978-84-7290-498-9.

This article contains information from the Spanish Wikipedia article Ricote, accessed on January 10, 2008.

Coordinates: 38°09′N 1°22′W / 38.150°N 1.367°W / 38.150; -1.367