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Ricote is also a village formerly inhabited by Moriscoes.
-----Ricote is a fictional character who is referred to in Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote. He was a wealthy (rico meaning "rich" in Spanish) Morisco shopkeeper and old friend of Sancho Panza, banned from Spain in 1609 like all Moriscoes.

When Sancho leaves Barataria, he meets Ricote, returning in a group of Germanmarker pilgrims.After meeting Sancho again, Ricote tells him that after the expulsion, he went north while his family went to Algiersmarker.Ricote and the pilgrims share food with Sancho, including "the black dainty called,they say, caviar".He tells him that he came back to recover some gold which he had buried near his house. Ricote recognizes to be a bad Christian and then asks Sancho to help him carry the money away.But Sancho refuses as it would be a treason to his king.

Later Sancho and Don Quixote meet Ricote and his daughter Ana FĂ©lix in Barcelona.She is a fervent Christian and has been rescued from Berbery by a young noble neighbour from Sancho and Ricote's village.Her beauty and sincere faith convinces the authorities to arrange the re-admission of the Ricotes in Spain.

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