Spain's Declining Power in South America, 1730-1806 (1919)
by Bernard Moses (9780217873840)

Spain's Declining Power in South America, 1730-1806 (1919)
Bernard Moses
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 182
Category: History
ISBN: 9780217873840
ISBN-10: 0217873847

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: by a fiesta of public rejoicing. Even the period of mourning, following his early death, was undoubtedly an agreeable change in the dull uniformity of their common life. Many of the celebrations had an official character; the death of a king, the birth of a prince, the marriage of a member of the royal family, the coronation of a new king, all these events were greeted as grateful interruptions in the oppressive routine of an isolated colonial existence. The events of the fiesta were always the same: bull-fights, illumination, fireworks, and plays on an open stage in the plaza. A universal preliminary was a mass celebrated in the cathedral. The principal motives for reestablishing the viceroyalty of New Granada were found in the inability of the viceroy of Peru to exercise efficient supervision over the vast territory subject to his superior authority, and in the frequent collisions between the president of New Granada and the audiencias of Panama and Quito. The first viceroy of the reestablished viceroyalty was Sebastian de Eslaba. All the provinces of Ecuador were brought into the new viceroyalty, but the audiencias of Quito and Panama were not abolished as they had been in 1717. Their allegiance was transferred from the viceroy of Peru to the viceroy of New Granada. In April, 1740, Eslabaarrived at Cartagena, where he organized his viceregal administration,19 and where he remained until the expiration of his term of service, in 1749. It was in this period, in 1746, that the French commission led by La Condamine, completed its work of measuring the length of a degree of the meridian in Ecuador. The two Spanish officers who were attached to the commission, devoted much of their visit in America to travelling and making investigations in astronomy, physics, and geography. They ...

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