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Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, called "The Great Captain", was a soldier in the service of the Catholic Monarchs (15th and 16th centuries). His tactical innovations made him the most outstanding military chief of the Castilian-Aragonese monarchy from a young age. He demonstrated his military ingenuity during the "Guerra de Granada" (1842) military campaign where the Spanish sought to expel Boabdil from the last Muslim state in the Iberian Peninsula. The successes of the Campaign in Italy earned him the nickname of Great Captain. The death of Queen Isabella the Catholic in 1504 marked the beginning of the Great Captain"s fall from grace and his confrontation with Ferdinand the Catholic, who demanded that the Great Captain account for his management in the Treaty of Blois (1505).