Where Did the Term “Tariff” For a Charge On Imports and Exports Originate and What Does the Word Mean?

When the Arab Moors invaded Spain in the eighth century they brought with them profound cultural and creative concepts that influence that country to this day.

For example, when the matador skirts the bull in their life and death ballet, the Spanish crowd cries ole, which evolved from the Arabic word Allah.

Twenty miles from Gibraltar is the seaport of Tarifa, where the Moors introduced bounties on ships entering the Mediterranean, leaving us the word tariff.

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