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García I Fernández de Castilla y León, rei de Galiza

Portuguese: Garcia, rei de Galiza
Birthplace: Of, Burgos, Burgos, Castile
Death: March 22, 1090 (47-48)
Luna, Zaragoza, Aragón, España (Spain)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ferdinand I the Great, King of Castile and Sancha I, reina de León
Husband of Estefanía Infanta de Navarra
Partner of Sancha de Navarra, abadesa de San Martín de Cuevagallegos
Father of Fernando El Castellano de Castro, VII Rey de Galicia and Fernán García, señor de Hita y Uceda
Brother of Urraca de León, reina titular de Zamora; Sancho II el Fuerte, rey de Castilla; Elvira, reina titular de Toro; Alfonso VI the Brave, King of Castile and León and Tigridia, Infanta de Castilla y León

Occupation: Rey de Galicia (1065-1071 y 1072-1073 ), Roi de Galicie, King of Castile & Leon
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About García I, rey de Galicia

García II of Galicia and Portugal

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García II (c. 1042 – March 22, 1090) was the youngest of the three sons and heirs of Ferdinand I, king of Castile and León and Sancha of León. His maternal grandparents were Alfonso V of León by Elvira Mendes.

He was allotted Galicia in the partition of his father's kingdom and in 1065 proclaimed the independence of the Kingdom of Galicia and Portugal, taking advantage of the internal tension caused by the civil war between his brothers, Sancho and Alfonso. García thus became the first to use the title King of Portugal, in 1071, when he defeated Count Nuno Mendes, last count of Portugal of the House of Vímara Peres in the Battle of Pedroso. His brothers soon united against him and partitioned his kingdom between them.

In 1072, his kingdom was forcibly reannexed by his brother Sancho and subsequently by Alfonso, who recalled the exiled García from Seville, where he had fled, and put him in a monastery, where he remained until his death sometime around 1090. From that time, Galicia remained part of the kingdom of Castile and León, although under differing degrees of self-government. Although it did not last for very long, the kingdom set the stage for future Portuguese nationalism under Henry of Burgundy. He ordered his prison chains to be carved on his tombstone.