Modern Spain, 1815-1898

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University Press, 1906 - Spain - 510 pages
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Page iv - The series is intended for the use of all persons anxious to understand the nature of existing political conditions. " The roots of the present lie deep in the past...
Page 33 - Not only do I refuse to swear to observe the Constitution, or to recognise any decrees of the Cortes, ordinary or extraordinary... but I declare Constitution and decrees alike null and void to-day and for ever, as though they had never been, and could be blotted out from time.
Page 474 - Decretos del Rey D. Fernando VII y de la Reina Gobernadora, de 1824 á 1836 inclusive. 45 vols. Madrid. 1814-36.
Page 195 - Oldzaga again placed himself before me, and fastened the bolt of that door. He caught hold of my dress, and obliged me to sit down. He seized my hand and forced me to sign. After this he left, and I retired to my apartment.
Page 48 - The wishes of the people and of the army having come to my notice, I have heard their prayers, and like a tender father have granted that which my children consider conducive to their happiness. I have sworn to observe the Constitution, for which you were sighing, and I shall ever be its stoutest prop. Let us step out boldly, I at your head, along the constitutional path!
Page 467 - Weyler protested against what they called the unpatriotic surrender, and would have made their country's position still worse by obstinacy in a hopeless struggle. When the American and Spanish Commissioners met in Paris to arrange the Treaty of Peace (Oct. 1, 1898), the two contested points were the sovereignty of the Philippine Islands and the Cuban debt. The Spaniards contended that the debt was attached to the island, and that its change of government did not affect its liability. The Americans...
Page 465 - ... though it was not formally declared by Spain, true to her time-honoured principle of preferring disaster to dishonour, until three days later. There was a large, but disorganized, Spanish army in Cuba, and there was a considerable force in the Philippines, while three Spanish squadrons were at sea. Admiral Camara commanded the reserve squadron at home, Admiral Cervera the Atlantic squadron off the Cape Verde Islands, and Admiral Montojo the Pacific squadron in the Philippines. It was upon the...
Page 462 - ... autonomy under the Spanish flag. The Cuban exiles were allowed to return. Spain called upon the United States to aid her to put an end to filibustering ; she alleged the impossibility of fixing a date for the complete pacification of the island. In fulfilment of the promise thus made, Moret's bill, granting autonomy to Cuba and Puerto Rico, was passed by the Cortes at their autumn session (Nov. 25, 1897). It was to take effect from the beginning of the new year ; but it came too late to conciliate...
Page 17 - Isla de Leon, near Cadiz, might be, and was later, blockaded by land ; but it was safe and free on the sea side, thanks to the fleets of England and Spain. Here the flying Junta assembled for the last time : its prestige and authority had left it ; failure had made it anxious to be rid of responsibility. It resigned its powers into the hands of a Council of Regency composed of Castanos, the victor of Bailen; Saavedra, President of the Junta of Seville; Antonio Escano, a distinguished sailor ; and...

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