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The Spanish Empire
Empire
(Spanish: Imperio Español) was one of the largest empires in history. At the time, it was not known as that by the Spanish with the monarch ruling kingdoms in Spain, his possessions in Italy and northern Europe, and in the "Spanish Indies," its New World territories and the Philippines.[1] From the late fifteenth century to the early nineteenth, Spain's crown of Castile controlled a huge overseas territory in the New World.[2][3] The crown's main source of wealth was from gold and silver mined in Mexico
Mexico
and Peru. The empire reached the peak of its military, political and economic power under the Spanish Habsburgs,[4] through most of the 16th and 17th centuries, and its greatest territorial extent under the House of Bourbon
House of Bourbon
in the 18th century. "In its size and span, in organisation and development, it was, and increasingly recognised to have been, one of the most remarkable achievements of the modern world."[5] The Spanish Empire became the foremost[citation needed] global power in 16th and 17th centuries. "The empire of the King of Spain
Spain
was indeed one on which the sun never set."[6] The monarch's authority in its overseas possessions was enlarged by the papal grant of powers of patronage, giving it power in the religious sphere.[7][8][9] The Spanish Empire
Empire
in the Americas
Americas
was formed after conquering large stretches of land, beginning with Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
in the Caribbean Islands. It comprised territories and colonies of the Spanish monarch in the Americas
Americas
and the Philippines
Philippines
with some territory in North Africa and Oceania. In the early sixteenth century, it conquered and incorporated both the Aztec empire
Aztec empire
and Inca empire. An important element in the formation of Spain's empire was the dynastic union between Isabella I of Castile
Isabella I of Castile
and Ferdinand II of Aragon, known as the Catholic Monarchs, which initiated political, religious, and social cohesion, but not political unification.[10] Iberian kingdoms retained their political identities, with particular administration and juridical configurations. Although the power of the Spanish sovereign as monarch varied from one territory to another, the monarch acted as such in a unitary manner[11] over all the ruler's territories through a system of councils: the unity did not mean uniformity.[12] In 1580, when Philip II of Spain
Spain
succeeded to the throne of Portugal
Portugal
(as Philip I), he established the Council of Portugal, which oversaw Portugal
Portugal
and its empire and "preserv[ed] its own laws, institutions, and monetary system, and united only in sharing a common sovereign."[13] The Iberian Union
Iberian Union
remained in place until in 1640, when Portugal
Portugal
overthrew Hapsburg
Hapsburg
rule and reestablished independence under the House of Braganza.[14] Castile became the dominant kingdom in Iberia because of its jurisdiction over the overseas empire in the Americas
Americas
and the Philippines, with its enormous flow of silver bullion and a slice of the Asia
Asia
trade through the Philippines
Philippines
and Manila
Manila
galleon.[15] After a short period of delegation of authority by the crown in the Americas, the crown asserted control over those territories and established the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
to oversee rule there.[16] The organization of governance of the overseas empire established under the Hapsburg monarchy was significantly reformed in the late eighteenth century by the Bourbon monarchs. The Napoleonic invasion of the Iberian peninsula precipitated the Spanish American wars of independence
Spanish American wars of independence
(1808-1826), resulting the loss of its most valuable colonies.[17] But Spain retained Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, and the Marianas, as well as various territories in Africa under Spanish rule. Following the Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
of 1898, Spain
Spain
ceded its last colonies in the Caribbean and the Pacific to the United States. Its African colonies were granted independence or abandoned by 1976 during decolonization of Africa, with Melilla, Ceuta, and the Canary Islands remaining autonomous communities within Spain.

Contents

1 Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
and origins of empire

1.1 Canary Islands 1.2 Rivalry with Portugal 1.3 New World
New World
Voyages and the Treaty of Tordesillas 1.4 Papal Bulls and the Americas 1.5 First settlements in the Americas 1.6 Assertion of Crown control in the Americas 1.7 Navarre
Navarre
and Struggles for Italy 1.8 Campaigns in North Africa 1.9 Oran

2 The Spanish Habsburgs
Spanish Habsburgs
1516-1700

2.1 Charles I of Spain/ Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
(r. 1516-1558)

2.1.1 Struggles for Italy 2.1.2 Ottoman Turks during Charles V's rule 2.1.3 Religious conflicts in the Holy Roman Empire 2.1.4 The Indies

2.2 Philip II (r. 1556-1598)

2.2.1 Ottoman Turks, the Mediterranean, and North Africa during Philip II's rule 2.2.2 Conflicts in northern Europe 2.2.3 The Indies 2.2.4 The Philippines, the Sultanate of Brunei
Sultanate of Brunei
and Southeast Asia

2.3 Portugal
Portugal
and the Iberian Union
Iberian Union
1580-1640 2.4 Philip III (r. 1598-1621) 2.5 Philip IV (r. 1621-1665) 2.6 The Last Spanish Habsburgs

3 The Indies: Spanish America
Spanish America
and the Philippines

3.1 Explorers, conquerors, and expansion of empire 3.2 Organization and administration of empire

3.2.1 Early institutions of governance 3.2.2 Spanish Law and indigenous peoples 3.2.3 Council of the Indies 3.2.4 Viceroyalties 3.2.5 Audiencias, the High Courts 3.2.6 Civil administrative districts 3.2.7 Ecclesiastical organization 3.2.8 Cabildos or town councils 3.2.9 Frontier institutions - Presidio
Presidio
and mission

3.3 Royal economic policy, its failure, and reform 3.4 Ordering Society: social structure and legal status

4 The Spanish Bourbons: reform and recovery (1700–1808)

4.1 Bourbon reforms 4.2 18th-century prosperity 4.3 Contesting with other empires

4.3.1 Military recovery in Europe 4.3.2 Alliance with the Thirteen English Colonies 4.3.3 Contestation in Brazil 4.3.4 Rival empires in the Pacific Northwest 4.3.5 Loss of Spanish Louisiana 4.3.6 Other threats to the Spanish Empire

5 End of the global empire (1808–1899)

5.1 Spanish American independence 5.2 Remnants of The Indies

6 Territories in Africa (1885–1975) 7 Legacy 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
and origins of empire Main article: Catholic Monarchs

Coat of Arms of the Catholic Monarchs

With the marriage of the heirs apparent to their respective thrones Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile created a personal union that most scholars view as the foundation of the Spanish monarchy. Their dynastic alliance was important for a number of reasons, ruling jointly over a large aggregation of territories although not in a unitary fashion. They successfully pursued expansion in Iberia in the Christian Reconquest of the Muslim Kingdom of Granada, completed in 1492, for which Valencia-born Pope Alexander VI
Alexander VI
gave them the title of the Catholic Monarchs. During that military campaign, Genoese mariner Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
sought their approval for a voyage west to find "The Indies," unexpectedly landing in the New World, giving Spain claim to vast overseas territories. The Iberian Kingdom of Portugal
Kingdom of Portugal
had earlier retaken territory from the Muslims, completing reconquest in 1238 and settling its boundaries. Portugal
Portugal
then began to seek further overseas expansion, first to the port of Ceuta
Ceuta
(1415) and then by colonizing the Atlantic islands of Madeira
Madeira
(1418) and the Azores
Azores
(1427-1452); it also began voyages down the west coast of Africa in the fifteenth century.[18] Its rival Castile laid claim to the Canary Islands
Canary Islands
(1402) and retook territory from the Moors in 1462. Castile and Portugal
Portugal
came to formal agreements over the division of new territories in the Treaty of Alcaçovas (1479), as well as securing the crown of Castile for Isabella, whose accession was challenged militarily by Portugal. Following the voyage of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
in 1492 and first major settlement in the New World in 1493, Portugal
Portugal
and Castile divided the world by the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494), which gave Portugal
Portugal
Africa and Asia
Asia
and the Western Hemisphere
Western Hemisphere
to Spain.[19] Ferdinand was particularly concerned with expansion in France
France
and Italy, as well as conquests in North Africa.[20] The reign of Ferdinand and Isabella began the professionalization of the apparatus of government in Spain, which led to a demand for men of letters (letrados) who were university graduates (licenciados), of Salamanca, Valladolid, Complutense and Alcalá. These lawyer-bureaucrats staffed the various councils of state, eventually including the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
and Casa de Contratación, the two highest bodies in metropolitan Spain
Spain
for the government of the empire in the New World, as well as royal government in The Indies. Canary Islands Main article: Conquest of the Canary Islands

The conquest of the Canary Islands
Canary Islands
(1402-1496)

Portugal
Portugal
obtained several Papal bulls that acknowledged Portuguese control over the discovered territories, but Castile also obtained from the Pope the safeguard of its rights to the Canary Islands
Canary Islands
with the bulls Romani Pontifex dated 6 November 1436 and Dominatur Dominus dated 30 April 1437.[21] The conquest of the Canary Islands, inhabited by Guanche people, began in 1402 during the reign of Henry III of Castile, by Norman nobleman Jean de Béthencourt
Jean de Béthencourt
under a feudal agreement with the crown. The conquest was completed with the campaigns of the armies of the Crown of Castile
Crown of Castile
between 1478 and 1496, when the islands of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria
(1478–1483), La Palma (1492–1493), and Tenerife
Tenerife
(1494–1496) were subjugated.[22] Rivalry with Portugal See also: Battle of Guinea, Palos de la Frontera, and Treaty of Alcáçovas The Portuguese tried in vain to keep secret their discovery of the Gold Coast (1471) in the Gulf of Guinea, but the news quickly caused a huge gold rush. Chronicler Pulgar wrote that the fame of the treasures of Guinea "spread around the ports of Andalusia
Andalusia
in such way that everybody tried to go there".[23] Worthless trinkets, Moorish textiles, and above all, shells from the Canary and Cape Verde
Cape Verde
islands were exchanged for gold, slaves, ivory and Guinea pepper. The War of the Castilian Succession
War of the Castilian Succession
(1475–79) provided the Catholic Monarchs with the opportunity not only to attack the main source of the Portuguese power, but also to take possession of this lucrative commerce. The Crown officially organized this trade with Guinea: every caravel had to secure a government license and to pay a tax on one-fifth of their profits (a receiver of the customs of Guinea was established in Seville
Seville
in 1475 – the ancestor of the future and famous Casa de Contratación).[24]

Iberian 'mare clausum' in the Age of Discovery

Castilian fleets fought in the Atlantic Ocean, temporarily occupying the Cape Verde
Cape Verde
islands (1476), conquering the city of Ceuta
Ceuta
in Tingitana Peninsula
Tingitana Peninsula
in 1476 (but retaken by the Portuguese),[25][26] and even attacked the Azores
Azores
islands, being defeated at Praia.[27][28] The turning point of the war came in 1478, however, when a Castilian fleet sent by King Ferdinand to conquer Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria
lost men and ships to the Portuguese who expelled the attack,[29][30] and a large Castilian armada—full of gold—was entirely captured in the decisive battle of Guinea.[31][32] The Treaty of Alcáçovas
Treaty of Alcáçovas
(4 September 1479), while assuring the Castilian throne to the Catholic Monarchs, reflected the Castilian naval and colonial defeat:[33][34] "War with Castile broke out waged savagely in the Gulf [of Guinea] until the Castilian fleet of thirty-five sail was defeated there in 1478. As a result of this naval victory, at the Treaty of Alcáçovas
Treaty of Alcáçovas
in 1479 Castile, while retaining her rights in the Canaries, recognized the Portuguese monopoly of fishing and navigation along the whole west African coast and Portugal's rights over the Madeira, Azores
Azores
and Cape Verde
Cape Verde
islands [plus the right to conquer the Kingdom of Fez
Kingdom of Fez
]."[35] The treaty delimited the spheres of influence of the two countries,[36] establishing the principle of the Mare clausum.[37] It was confirmed in 1481 by the Pope Sixtus IV, in the papal bull Æterni regis (dated on 21 June 1481).[38] However, this experience would prove to be profitable for future Spanish overseas expansion, because as the Spaniards were excluded from the lands discovered or to be discovered from the Canaries southward[39] — and consequently from the road to India around Africa[40] — they sponsored the voyage of Columbus towards the west (1492) in search of Asia
Asia
to trade in its spices, encountering the Americas
Americas
instead.[41] Thus, the limitations imposed by the Alcáçovas treaty were overcome and a new and more balanced division of the world would be reached in the Treaty of Tordesillas
Treaty of Tordesillas
between both emerging maritime powers.[42] New World
New World
Voyages and the Treaty of Tordesillas Main article: Treaty of Tordesillas

Monument to Columbus, Statue commemorating New World
New World
discoveries. Western façade of monument. Isabella at the center, Columbus on the left, a cross on her right. Plaza de Colón, Madrid
Madrid
(1881-85)

The return of Columbus, 1493

Castile and Portugal
Portugal
divided the world in The Treaty of Tordesillas.

Seven months before the treaty of Alcaçovas, King John II of Aragon died, and his son Ferdinand II of Aragon, married to the Isabella I of Castile, inherited the thrones of the Crown of Aragon. The two became known as the Catholic Monarchs, with their marriage a personal union that created a relationship between the Crown of Aragon
Crown of Aragon
and Castile, each with their own administrations, but ruled jointly by the two monarchs.[43] Ferdinand and Isabella defeated the last Muslim king out of Granada in 1492 after a ten-year war. The Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
then negotiated with Christopher Columbus, a Genoese sailor attempting to reach Cipangu (Japan) by sailing west. Castile was already engaged in a race of exploration with Portugal
Portugal
to reach the Far East by sea when Columbus made his bold proposal to Isabella. In the Capitulations of Santa Fe, dated on 17 April 1492, Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
obtained from the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
his appointment as viceroy and governor in the lands already discovered[44] and that he might discover thenceforth;[45][46] thereby, it was the first document to establish an administrative organization in the Indies.[47] Columbus' discoveries inaugurated the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Spain's claim[48] to these lands was solidified by the Inter caetera
Inter caetera
papal bull dated 4 May 1493, and Dudum siquidem
Dudum siquidem
on 26 September 1493, which vested the sovereignty of the territories discovered and to be discovered. Since the Portuguese wanted to keep the line of demarcation of Alcaçovas running east and west along a latitude south of Cape Bojador, a compromise was worked out and incorporated in the Treaty of Tordesillas, dated on 7 June 1494, in which the globe was split into two hemispheres dividing Spanish and Portuguese claims. These actions gave Spain
Spain
exclusive rights to establish colonies in all of the New World from north to south (later with the exception of Brazil, which Portuguese commander Pedro Alvares Cabral
Pedro Alvares Cabral
encountered in 1500), as well as the easternmost parts of Asia. The treaty of Tordesillas was confirmed by Pope Julius II
Pope Julius II
in the bull Ea quae pro bono pacis on 24 January 1506.[49] Spain's expansion and colonization was driven by economic influences, for national prestige, and a desire to spread Catholicism
Catholicism
to the New World. The treaty of Tordesillas[50] and the treaty of Cintra (18 September 1509)[51] established the limits of the Kingdom of Fez
Kingdom of Fez
for Portugal, and the Castilian expansion was allowed outside these limits, beginning with the conquest of Melilla
Melilla
in 1497. Other European powers did not see the treaty between Spain
Spain
and Portugal
Portugal
as binding on themselves. Francis I of France
Francis I of France
observed "The sun shines for me as for others and I should very much like to see the clause in Adam's will that excludes me from a share of the world."[52] Papal Bulls and the Americas

Iberian-born pope Alexander VI
Alexander VI
promulgated bulls that invested the Spanish monarchs with ecclesiastical power in the newly found lands overseas.

Unlike the crown of Portugal, Spain
Spain
had not sought papal authorization for its explorations, but with Christopher Columbus's voyage in 1492, the crown sought papal confirmation of their title to the new lands.[53] Since the defense of Catholicism
Catholicism
and propagation of the faith was the papacy's primary responsibility, there were a number of papal bulls promulgated that affected the powers of the crowns of Spain
Spain
and Portugal
Portugal
in the religious sphere. Converting the inhabitants of in the newly discovered lands was entrusted by the papacy to the rulers of Portugal
Portugal
and Spain, through a series of papal actions. The Patronato real, or power of royal patronage for ecclesiastical positions had precedents in Iberia during the reconquest. In 1493 Pope Alexander, from the Iberian Kingdom of Valencia, issued a series of bulls. The papal bull of Inter caetera
Inter caetera
vested the government and jurisdiction of newly found lands in the kings of Castile and León and their successors. Eximiae devotionis sinceritas granted the Catholic monarchs and their successors the same rights that the papacy had granted Portugal, in particular the right of presentation of candidates for ecclesiastical positions in the newly discovered territories.[54][55][56][57] According to the Concord of Segovia of 1475, Ferdinand was mentioned in the bulls as king of Castile, and upon his death the title of the Indies was to be incorporated into the Crown of Castile.[58] The territories were incorporated by the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
as jointly held assets.[59][60][61]

Ferdinand the Catholic points across the Atlantic to the landing of Columbus, with naked natives. Frontispiece of Giuliano Dati's Lettera, 1493.[62]

In the Treaty of Villafáfila
Treaty of Villafáfila
of 1506, Ferdinand renounced not only the government of Castile in favor of his son-in-law Philip I of Castile but also the lordship of the Indies, withholding a half of the income of the kingdoms of the Indies.[63] Joanna of Castile
Joanna of Castile
and Philip immediately added to their titles the kingdoms of Indies, Islands and Mainland of the Ocean Sea. But the Treaty of Villafáfila
Treaty of Villafáfila
did not hold for long because of the death of Philip; Ferdinand returned as regent of Castile and as "lord the Indies".[58] According to the domain granted by Papal bulls and the wills of queen Isabella of Castile in 1504 and king Ferdinand of Aragon in 1516, such property became held by the Crown of Castile. This arrangement was ratified by successive monarchs, beginning with Charles I in 1519[59] in a decree that spelled out the juridical status of the new overseas territories.[64] The lordship of the discovered territories conveyed by papal bulls was private to the kings of Castile and León. The political condition of the Indies were to transform from "Lordship" of the Catholic Monarchs to "Kingdoms" for the heirs of Castile. Although the Alexandrine Bulls gave full, free and omnipotent power to the Catholic Monarchs,[65] they did not rule them as a private property but as a public property through the public bodies and authorities from Castile,[66] and when those territories were incorporated into the Crown of Castile
Crown of Castile
the royal power was subject to the laws of Castile.[67] The crown was the guardian of levies for the support of the Catholic Church, in particular the tithe, which was levied on the products of agriculture and ranching. In general, Indians were exempt from the tithe. Although the crown received these revenues, they were to be used for the direct support of the ecclesiastical hierarchy and pious establishments, so that the crown itself did not benefit financially from this income. The crown’s obligation to support the Church sometimes resulted in funds from the royal treasury being transferred to the Church when the tithes fell short of paying ecclesiastical expenses.[68] In New Spain, the Franciscan Bishop of Mexico
Mexico
Juan de Zumárraga
Juan de Zumárraga
and the first viceroy Don Antonio de Mendoza
Antonio de Mendoza
established an institution in 1536 to train natives for ordination to the priesthood, the Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco. The experiment was deemed a failure, with the natives considered too new in the faith to be ordained. Pope Paul III did issue a bull, Sublimis Deus (1537), declaring that natives were capable of becoming Christians, but Mexican (1555) and Peruvian (1567-68) provincial councils banned natives from ordination.[69] First settlements in the Americas See also: Voyages of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
and Treaty of Tordesillas

Columbus landing in 1492 planting the flag of Spain, by John Vanderlyn

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Founded in 1502, the city is the oldest continuously-inhabited European settlement in the New World.

Cumaná, Venezuela. Founded in 1510, the city is the oldest continuously-inhabited European city in the continental Americas.

With the Capitulations of Santa Fe, the Crown of Castile
Crown of Castile
granted expansive power to Christopher Columbus, including exploration, settlement, political power, and revenues, with sovereignty reserved to the Crown. The first voyage established sovereignty for the crown, and the crown acted on the assumption that Columbus's grandiose assessment of what he found was true, so Spain
Spain
negotiated the Treaty of Tordesillas with Portugal
Portugal
to protect their territory on the Spanish side of the line. The crown fairly quickly reassessed its relationship with Columbus and moved to assert more direct crown control over the territory and extinguish his privileges. With that lesson learned, the crown was far more prudent in the specifying the terms of exploration, conquest, and settlement in new areas. The pattern in the Caribbean that played out over the larger Spanish Indies was exploration of an unknown area and claim of sovereignty for the crown; conquest of indigenous peoples or assumption of control without direct violence; settlement by Spaniards who were awarded the labour of indigenous people via the encomienda; and the existing settlements becoming the launch point for further exploration, conquest, and settlement, followed by the establishment institutions with officials appointed by the crown. The patterns set in the Caribbean were replicated throughout the expanding Spanish sphere, so although the importance of the Caribbean quickly faded after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire
Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire
and the Spanish conquest of the Incas, many of those participating in those conquests had started their exploits in the Caribbean.[70] The first permanent European settlements in the New World
New World
were established in the Caribbean, initially on the island of Hispaniola, later Cuba
Cuba
and Puerto Rico. As a Genoese with the connections to Portugal, Columbus considered settlement to be on the pattern of trading forts and factories, with salaried employees to trade with locals and to identify exploitable resources.[71] However, Spanish settlement in the New World
New World
was based on a pattern of a large, permanent settlements with the entire complex of institutions and material life to replicate Castilian life in a different venue. Columbus's second voyage in 1493 had a large contingent of settlers and goods to accomplish that.[72] On Hispaniola, the city of Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus's brother Bartholomew Columbus
Bartholomew Columbus
and became a stone-built, permanent city. Assertion of Crown control in the Americas Although Columbus staunchly asserted and believed that the lands he encountered were in Asia, the paucity of material wealth and the relative lack of complexity of indigenous society meant that the Crown of Castile initially was not concerned with the extensive powers granted Columbus. As the Caribbean became a draw for Spanish settlement and as Columbus and his extended Genoese family failed to be recognized as officials worthy of the titles they held, there was unrest among Spanish settlers. The crown began to curtail the expansive powers that they had granted Columbus, first by appointment of royal governors and then a high court or Audiencia in 1511. Columbus encountered the mainland in 1498,[73] and the Catholic Monarchs learned of his discovery in May 1499. Taking advantage of a revolt against Columbus in Hispaniola, they appointed Francisco de Bobadilla as governor of the Indies with civil and criminal jurisdiction over the lands discovered by Columbus. Bobadilla, however, was soon replaced by Frey Nicolás de Ovando
Nicolás de Ovando
in September 1501.[74] Henceforth, the Crown would authorize to individuals voyages to discover territories in the Indies only with previous royal license,[75] and after 1503 the monopoly of the Crown was assured by the establishment of Casa de Contratación
Casa de Contratación
(House of Trade) at Seville. The successors of Columbus, however, litigated against the Crown until 1536[76][77] for the fulfillment of the Capitulations of Santa Fe in the pleitos colombinos.

Spanish territories in the New World
New World
around 1515

In metropolitan Spain, the direction of the Americas
Americas
was taken over by the Bishop Fonseca[78][79] between 1493 and 1516,[80] and again between 1518 and 1524, after a brief period of rule by Jean le Sauvage.[81] After 1504 the figure of the secretary was added, so between 1504 and 1507 Gaspar de Gricio took charge,[82] between 1508 and 1518 Lope de Conchillos followed him,[83] and from 1519, Francisco de los Cobos.[84] In 1511, the Junta of The Indies was constituted as a standing committee belonging to the Council of Castile
Council of Castile
to address issues of the Indies,[85] and this junta constituted the origin of the Council of the Indies, established in 1524.[86] That same year, the crown established a permanent high court, or audiencia, in the most important city at the time, Santo Domingo, on the island of Hispaniola (now Haiti
Haiti
and the Dominican Republic). Now oversight of the Indies was based both in Castile and with officials of the new royal court in the colony. As new areas were conquered and significant Spanish settlements were established, likewise other audiencias were established.[87] Following the settlement of Hispaniola, Europeans began searching elsewhere to begin new settlements, since there was little apparent wealth and the numbers of indigenous were declining. Those from the less prosperous Hispaniola
Hispaniola
were eager to search for new success in a new settlement. From there Juan Ponce de León
Juan Ponce de León
conquered Puerto Rico (1508) and Diego Velázquez
Diego Velázquez
took Cuba. In 1508, the Board of Navigators met in Burgos and concurred on the need to establish settlements on the mainland, a project entrusted to Alonso de Ojeda
Alonso de Ojeda
and Diego de Nicuesa as governors. They were subordinated to the governor of Hispaniola,[88] the newly appointed Diego Columbus,[89][90] with the same legal authority as Ovando.[91] The first settlement on the mainland was Santa María la Antigua
Antigua
del Darién in Castilla de Oro
Castilla de Oro
(now Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
Panama
and Colombia), settled by Vasco Núñez de Balboa
Vasco Núñez de Balboa
in 1510. In 1513, Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama, and led the first European expedition to see the Pacific Ocean from the West coast of the New World. In an action with enduring historical import, Balboa claimed the Pacific Ocean and all the lands adjoining it for the Spanish Crown.[92] The judgment of Seville
Seville
of May 1511 recognized the viceregal title to Diego Columbus, but limited it to Hispaniola
Hispaniola
and to the islands discovered by his father, Christopher Columbus;[93] his power was nevertheless limited by royal officers and magistrates[94][95] constituting a dual regime of government.[96] The crown separated the territories of the mainland, designated as Castilla de Oro,[97] from the viceroy of Hispaniola, establishing Pedrarias Dávila as General Lieutenant in 1513[98] with functions similar to those of a viceroy, while Balboa remained but was subordinated as governor of Panama
Panama
and Coiba[99][100] on the Pacific Coast;[101] after his death, they returned to Castilla de Oro. The territory of Castilla de Oro
Castilla de Oro
did not include Veragua (which was comprised approximately between the Chagres River[102] and cape Gracias a Dios[103]), as it was subject to a lawsuit between the Crown and Diego Columbus, or the region farther north, towards the Yucatán peninsula, explored by Yáñez Pinzón and Solís in 1508–1509,[104] due to its remoteness.[105] The conflicts of the viceroy Columbus with the royal officers and with the Audiencia, created in Santo Domingo in 1511,[106][107] caused his return to the Peninsula in 1515. Navarre
Navarre
and Struggles for Italy See also: Italian Wars

El gran capitan at the Battle of Cerignola.

The Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
had developed a strategy of marriages for their children in order to isolate their long-time enemy: France. The Spanish princes married the heirs of Portugal, England
England
and the House of Habsburg. Following the same strategy, the Catholic Monarchs decided to support the Aragonese house of Naples
Naples
against Charles VIII of France
France
in the Italian Wars
Italian Wars
beginning in 1494. As King of Aragon, Ferdinand had been involved in the struggle against France
France
and Venice for control of Italy; these conflicts became the center of Ferdinand's foreign policy as king. In these battles, which established the supremacy of the Spanish Tercios in European battlefields, the forces of the kings of Spain
Spain
acquired a reputation for invincibility that would last until the mid-17th century. After the death of Queen Isabella in 1504, and her exclusion of Ferdinand from a further role in Castile, Ferdinand married Germaine de Foix in 1505, cementing an alliance with France. Had that couple had a surviving heir, likely Aragon would have been split from Castile, which was inherited by Charles, Ferdinand and Isabella's grandson.[108] Ferdinand adopted a more aggressive policy toward Italy, attempting to enlarge Spain's sphere of influence there. Ferdinand's first deployment of Spanish forces came in the War of the League of Cambrai against Venice, where the Spanish soldiers distinguished themselves on the field alongside their French allies at the Battle of Agnadello
Battle of Agnadello
(1509). Only a year later, Ferdinand became part of the Holy League against France, seeing a chance at taking both Milan
Milan
— to which he held a dynastic claim – and Navarre. This war was less of a success than the war against Venice, and in 1516, France agreed to a truce that left Milan
Milan
in its control and recognized Spanish control of Upper Navarre, which had effectively been a Spanish protectorate following a series of treaties in 1488, 1491, 1493, and 1495.[109] Campaigns in North Africa After the conquest of Melilla
Melilla
in 1497, the Spanish expansionist policy in North Africa was developed during the regency of Ferdinand the Catholic in Castile, stimulated by the Cardinal Cisneros, once the Reconquista
Reconquista
in the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
was finished. That way, several towns and outposts in the North African coast were conquered and occupied by Castile: Mazalquivir (1505), Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera (1508), Oran
Oran
(1509), Algiers
Algiers
(1510), Bougie and Tripoli (1510). Tripoli was taken on 24–25 July, the feast of St. James, protector of Spain; the claim was made that 10,000 Muslims were killed and many captured.[citation needed] In the Atlantic coast, Spain
Spain
took possession of the outpost of Santa Cruz de la Mar Pequeña (1476) with support from the Canary Islands, and it was retained until 1525 with the consent of the treaty of Cintra (1509). Oran The Spanish conquest of Oran
Oran
(1509) was won with much bloodshed: a third of its Muslim population—4,000 inhabitants— were massacred, and up to 8,000 were taken prisoner. The Zeiyanid sultans of Tlemcen quickly submitted to Spanish protectorate, and the two powers soon became allies. Cardinal Cisneros converted two mosques to Catholic use, and restored and expanded the town's fortifications. Oran, like other principal Algerian ports, was forced to accept a presidio (military outpost); it became a major naval base, a garrison city armed with traffic-commanding cannons and arquebuses. For about 200 years, Oran's inhabitants were virtually held captive in their fortress walls, ravaged by famine and plague; soldiers, too, were irregularly fed and paid.[110] In 1792, Spain
Spain
abandoned Oran, selling it to the Ottoman Empire.[citation needed] The Spanish Habsburgs
Spanish Habsburgs
1516-1700 Further information: Habsburg
Habsburg
Spain
Spain
and Spanish Habsburgs

Spanish Empire
Empire
(including claimed territories), and Spanish Habsburg territories (including those administered during the Iberian Union)

The period of the 16th to the mid-17th century is known as "the Golden Age of Spain" (in Spanish, Siglo de Oro). As a result of the marriage politics of the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
(in Spanish, Reyes Católicos), their Habsburg
Habsburg
grandson Charles inherited the Castilian empire in America, the Possessions of the Crown of Aragon
Crown of Aragon
in the Mediterranean (including a large portion of modern Italy), lands in Germany, the Low Countries, Franche-Comté, and Austria
Austria
(this, along with the rest of the hereditary Hapsburg
Hapsburg
domains, was almost immediately transferred to Ferdinand, the Emperor's brother). The Hapsburgs pursued several goals:

Undermining the power of France
France
and containing it in its eastern borders Defending Europe against Islam, notably the Ottoman Empire
Empire
in the Ottoman- Hapsburg
Hapsburg
wars Maintaining Hapsburg
Hapsburg
hegemony in the Holy Roman Empire
Empire
and defending the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
against the Protestant Reformation Spreading (Catholic) Christianity to the unconverted indigenous of the New World
New World
and the Philippines Exploiting the resources of the Americas
Americas
(gold, silver, sugar) and trading with Asia
Asia
(porcelain, spices, silk) Excluding other European powers from the possessions it claimed in the New World

Spain
Spain
came across an imperial reality without finding profits at the beginning. It did stimulate some trade and industry, but the trading opportunities encountered were limited. Therefore Spain
Spain
started to invest in America with the creation of cities, because Spain
Spain
was in America due to religious reasons. Matters began to change in the 1520s with the large-scale extraction of silver from the rich deposits of Mexico's Guanajuato
Guanajuato
region, but it was the opening of the silver mines in Mexico's Zacatecas
Zacatecas
and Potosí
Potosí
in Upper Peru
Peru
(modern-day Bolivia) in 1546 that became legendary. During the 16th century, Spain
Spain
held the equivalent of US$1.5 trillion (1990 terms) in gold and silver received from New Spain. These imports contributed to inflation in Spain
Spain
and Europe from the last decades of the 16th century. The vast imports of silver also made local manufactures uncompetitive and ultimately made Spain
Spain
overly dependent on foreign sources of raw materials and manufactured goods.[citation needed] "I learnt a proverb here", said a French traveler in 1603: "Everything is dear in Spain
Spain
except silver".[111] The problems caused by inflation were discussed by scholars at the School of Salamanca
School of Salamanca
and the arbitristas. The natural resource abundance provoked a decline in entrepreneurship as profits from resource extraction are less risky.[112] The wealthy preferred to invest their fortunes in public debt (juros). The Hapsburg
Hapsburg
dynasty spent the Castilian and American riches in wars across Europe on behalf of Hapsburg
Hapsburg
interests, and declared moratoriums (bankruptcies) on their debt payments several times. These burdens led to a number of revolts across the Spanish Hapsburg's domains, including their Spanish kingdoms, but the rebellions were put down. Charles I of Spain/ Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
(r. 1516-1558)

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
and King of Spain
Spain
(left) with his son Philip

With the death of Ferdinand II of Aragon, and the supposed incompetence to rule of his daughter, Queen Juana of Castile and Aragon, Charles of Ghent
Ghent
became Charles I of Castile and Aragon. He was the first Hapsburg
Hapsburg
monarch of Spain
Spain
and co-ruler of Spain
Spain
with his mother. Charles had been raised in northern Europe and his interests remained those of Christian Europe. The continuing threat of the Ottoman Turks in the Mediterranean and Central Europe also occupied the monarch. While not directly an inheritance, Charles was elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
Empire
after the death of his grandfather Emperor Maximilian thanks to prodigious bribes paid to the prince-electors. Charles became the most powerful Christian ruler in Europe, but his Ottoman rival, Suleiman the Magnificent, challenged Charles for primacy in Europe. France
France
made an unprecedented but pragmatic alliance with the Muslim Ottomans against Hapsburg
Hapsburg
political power and the Ottomans assisted German Protestant princes in the religious conflicts tearing Christian unity apart in Northern Europe. Simultaneously, the overseas lands claimed by Spain
Spain
in the New World proved to be a source of wealth and the crown was able to assert greater control over its overseas possessions in the political and religious spheres than was possible on Iberian peninsula or in Europe. The conquests of the Aztec Empire
Aztec Empire
and the Inca Empire
Inca Empire
brought vast indigenous civilizations into the Spanish Empire
Empire
and the mineral wealth, particularly silver, were identified and exploited, becoming the economic lifeblood of the crown. Under Charles, Spain
Spain
and its overseas empire in the Americas
Americas
became deeply entwined, with the crown enforcing Catholic exclusivity; exercising crown primacy in political rule, unencumbered by claims of an existing aristocracy; and defending its claims against other European powers.[113] In 1558 he abdicated his throne of Spain
Spain
to his son, Philip, leaving the ongoing conflicts to his heir. Struggles for Italy See also: Italian Wars

Battle of Pavia

With the ascent of Charles I in 1516 and his election as sovereign of the Holy Roman Empire
Empire
in 1519, Francis I of France
Francis I of France
found himself surrounded by Hapsburg
Hapsburg
territories. He invaded the Spanish possessions in Italy in 1521, inaugurating the second war of Franco-Spanish conflict. The war was a disaster for France, which suffered defeat in the Battle of Biccoca
Battle of Biccoca
(1522), the Battle of Pavia
Battle of Pavia
(1525), in which Francis I was captured and imprisoned in Madrid,[114] and in the Battle of Landriano
Battle of Landriano
(1529) before Francis relented and abandoned Milan to Spain. The papacy and Charles had complicated relations. Charles's forces were victorious at the Battle of Pavia
Battle of Pavia
in 1525. Pope Clement VII switched sides and joined forces with France
France
and prominent Italian states against the Hapsburg
Hapsburg
Emperor, resulting in the War of the League of Cognac. Charles grew exhausted with the pope's meddling in what he viewed as purely secular affairs. In 1527, Charles's army in northern Italy, underpaid and desiring to plunder the city of Rome, mutinied, advanced southward toward Rome, and looted the city. The Sack of Rome, while unintended by Charles, embarrassed the papacy sufficiently enough that Clement, and succeeding popes, were considerably more circumspect in their dealings with secular authorities.[citation needed] In 1533, Clement's refusal to annul the first marriage of King Henry VIII of England
Henry VIII of England
to Charles's aunt, Catherine of Aragon, may have been partly or entirely motivated by his unwillingness to offend the emperor and perhaps have his city sacked for a second time. The Peace of Barcelona, signed between Charles V and the Pope in 1529, established a more cordial relationship between the two leaders. Spain
Spain
was effectively named the protector of the Catholic cause, and Charles was crowned as King of Italy
King of Italy
(Lombardy) in return for Spanish intervention in overthrowing the rebellious Florentine Republic.[citation needed] Castile and Aragon depended on Genoese bankers for its finances and the Genoese fleet aided the Spanish in fighting the Ottomans in the Mediterranean.[115] Ottoman Turks during Charles V's rule By the 16th century, the Ottomans had become a threat to the states of Western Europe. They had defeated the eastern Christian Byzantine empire and seized its capital, creating it as the Ottoman capital and the Ottomans controlled a rich area of the eastern Mediterranean, with links to Asia, Egypt, and India and in by the mid-sixteenth century, they ruled a third of Europe. The Ottomans had created an impressive land and maritime empire, with port cities and short and long range trade connections.[116] Charles's great rival was Suleiman the Magnificent, whose rule almost exactly coincided with Charles's. A contemporary Spanish writer, Francisco López de Gómara, compared Charles unfavorably with Suleiman in the 1540s, saying that although both were wealthy and pursued war, "the Turks succeeded better at fulfilling their projects than did the Spanish; they devoted themselves more fully to the order and discipline of war, they were better advised, they used their money more effectively."[117] Ottoman conquests in Europe made significant gains with a decisive victory at Mohács.[118] Charles had preferred to suppress the Ottomans through a considerably more maritime strategy, hampering Ottoman landings on the Venetian territories in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 1543, Francis I of France
Francis I of France
announced his unprecedented alliance with the Islamic sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent, by occupying the Spanish-controlled city of Nice in concert with Ottoman Turk forces. Henry VIII of England, who bore a greater grudge against France
France
than he held against Charles for standing in the way of his divorce, joined him in his invasion of France. Although the Spanish were defeated at the Battle of Ceresole
Battle of Ceresole
in Savoy, the French army was unable to seriously threaten Spanish-controlled Milan, while suffering defeat in the north at the hands of Henry, thereby being forced to accept unfavorable terms. The Austrians, led by Charles's younger brother Ferdinand, continued to fight the Ottomans in the east. Barbary pirates
Barbary pirates
from North Africa frequently attacked the coastal villages and towns of Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean islands; the population of Formentera
Formentera
temporarily left, and long stretches of the Spanish and Italian coasts were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants. The most famous corsair was the Turkish Barbarossa ("Redbeard"). According to Robert C. Davis, between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by North African pirates and sold as slaves in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire
Empire
between the 16th and 19th centuries.[119] The presence of Spain
Spain
in North Africa declined during the reign of Charles V, though Tunis
Tunis
and its port, La Goleta, were taken in 1535. One after another, most of the Spanish possessions were lost: Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera (1522), Santa Cruz de Mar Pequeña (1524), Algiers
Algiers
(1529), Tripoli (1551), Bujia (1554), and La Goleta
La Goleta
and Tunis (1569). Only in response to raids by the Barbary pirates
Barbary pirates
on the eastern coast of Spain
Spain
did Charles lead attacks against Tunis
Tunis
(1535) and Algiers
Algiers
(1541). Religious conflicts in the Holy Roman Empire

Map of the dominion of the Hapsburgs following the abdication of Charles V (1556), as depicted in The Cambridge Modern History Atlas (1912); Hapsburg
Hapsburg
lands are shaded green. From 1556 the lands in a line from the Netherlands, through to the east of France, to the south of Italy and the islands were retained by the Spanish Hapsburgs.

The Schmalkaldic League
Schmalkaldic League
had allied itself to the French, and efforts in Germany to undermine the League had been rebuffed. Francis's defeat in 1544 led to the annulment of the alliance with the Protestants, and Charles took advantage of the opportunity. He first tried the path of negotiation at the Council of Trent
Council of Trent
in 1545, but the Protestant leadership, feeling betrayed by the stance taken by the Catholics at the council, went to war, led by the Saxon elector Maurice. In response, Charles invaded Germany at the head of a mixed Dutch–Spanish army, hoping to restore the Imperial authority. The emperor personally inflicted a decisive defeat on the Protestants at the historic Battle of Mühlberg
Battle of Mühlberg
in 1547. In 1555, Charles signed the Peace of Augsburg
Peace of Augsburg
with the Protestant states and restored stability in Germany on his principle of cuius regio, eius religio, a position unpopular with Spanish and Italian clergymen. Charles's involvement in Germany would establish a role for Spain
Spain
as protector of the Catholic, Habsburg
Habsburg
cause in the Holy Roman Empire; the precedent would lead, seven decades later, to involvement in the war that would decisively end Spain
Spain
as Europe's leading power. The Indies

The Pillars of Hercules
Pillars of Hercules
with the motto "Plus Ultra" ("further beyond") as symbol of the Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V in the town hall of Seville
Seville
(16th century). The Pillars of Hercules
Pillars of Hercules
were the traditional limits of European exploration into the Atlantic. The most common hypothesis of the origin of the Dollar sign.

When Charles succeeded to the throne of Spain, Spain's overseas possessions in the New World
New World
were based in the Caribbean and the Spanish Main
Spanish Main
and consisted of a rapidly decreasing indigenous population, few resources of value to the crown, and a sparse Spanish settler population. The situation changed dramatically with the expedition of Hernán Cortés, who, with alliances with city-states hostile to the Aztecs and thousands of indigenous Mexican warriors, conquered the Aztec Empire
Aztec Empire
(1519-1521). Following the pattern established in Spain
Spain
during the Christian reconquest of Islamic Spain, and in the Caribbean, the first European settlements in the Americas, conquerors divided up the indigenous population in private holdings encomiendas and exploited their labor. Central Mexico
Mexico
and later the Inca Empire
Inca Empire
of Peru
Peru
gave Spain
Spain
vast new indigenous populations to convert to Christianity and rule as vassals of the crown. Charles established the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
in 1524 to oversee all of Castile's overseas possessions. Charles appointed a viceroy in Mexico in 1535, capping the royal governance of the high court, Real Audiencia, and treasury officials with the highest royal official. Following the conquest of the Incas, in 1542 Charles likewise appointed a viceroy of Peru. Both officials were under the jurisdiction of the Council of the Indies. Charles promulgated the New Laws of 1542 to limit the power of the conqueror group to form a hereditary aristocracy that might challenge the power of the crown. Philip II (r. 1556-1598) Main article: Philip II of Spain

Philip II of Spain, Philip I of Portugal, portrait by Titian

The reign of Philip II of Spain
Spain
was extremely important, with both major successes and failures. Philip was Charles V's only legitimate son. He did not become Holy Roman Emperor, but divided Hapsburg possessions with his uncle Ferdinand. Philip treated Castile as the foundation of his empire, but the population of Castile was never great enough to provide the soldiers needed to defend the Empire
Empire
or settlers to populate it. When he married Mary Tudor, England
England
was allied to Spain. He seized the throne of Portugal
Portugal
in 1580, creating the Iberian Union
Iberian Union
and bringing the entire Iberian peninsula under his personal rule. According to one of his biographers, it was entirely due to Philip that the Indies were brought under crown control, remaining Spanish until the wars of independence in the early nineteenth century and Catholic to the present era. His greatest failure was his inability to suppress the Dutch revolt, which was aided by English and French rivals. His militant Catholicism
Catholicism
also played a major role in his actions, as did his inability to understand imperial finances. He inherited his father's debts and incurred his own pursuing religious wars, resulting in recurring state bankruptcies and dependence on foreign bankers.[120][121] Although there was an enormous expansion of silver production in Peru
Peru
and Mexico, it did not remain in the Indies or even in Spain
Spain
itself, but rather much of it went to European merchant houses. Under Philip's rule, learned men, known as arbitristas began writing analyses of this paradox of Spain's impoverishment. Ottoman Turks, the Mediterranean, and North Africa during Philip II's rule

The Battle of Lepanto (1571)
Battle of Lepanto (1571)
marked the end of Ottoman naval supremacy in the Mediterranean Sea.

The first years of his reign, "from 1558 to 1566, Philip II was concerned principally with with Muslim allies of the Turks, based in Tripoli and Algiers, the bases from which North African [Muslim] forces under the corsair Dragut
Dragut
preyed upon Christian shipping."[122] In 1565, the Spanish defeated an Ottoman landing on the strategic island of Malta, defended by the Knights of St. John. The death of Suleiman the Magnificent
Suleiman the Magnificent
the following year and his succession by his less capable son Selim the Sot
Selim the Sot
emboldened Philip, who resolved to carry the war to the sultan himself. In 1571, Spanish and Venetian warships, joined by volunteers from across Europe led by Charles's natural son Don John of Austria, annihilated the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto. The battle ended the threat of Ottoman naval hegemony in the Mediterranean. Following the battle, Philip and the Ottomans concluded truce agreements. The victory was aided by the participation of various military leaders and contingents from parts of Italy under Philip's rule. German soldiers took part in the capture of Peñón del Vélez in North Africa in 1564. By 1575, German soldiers were three-quarters of Philip's troops.[123] The Ottomans recovered soon. They reconquered Tunis
Tunis
in 1574, and they helped to restore an ally, Abu Marwan Abd al-Malik I Saadi, to the throne of Morocco, in 1576. The death of the Persian shah, Tahmasp I, was an opportunity for the Ottoman sultan to intervene in that country, so he agreed to a truce in the Mediterranean with Philip II in 1580.[124] Nonetheless, the Spanish at Lepanto eliminated the best sailors of the Ottoman fleet, and the Ottoman Empire
Empire
would never recover in quality what they could in numbers. Lepanto was the decisive turning point in control of the Mediterranean away from centuries of Turkish hegemony. In the western Mediterranean, Philip pursued a defensive policy with the construction of a series of armed garrisons and peace agreements with some of the Muslim rulers of North Africa.[125] In the first half of the 17th century, Spanish ships attacked the Anatolian coast, defeating larger Ottoman fleets at the Battle of Cape Celidonia and the Battle of Cape Corvo. Larache
Larache
and La Mamora, on the Moroccan Atlantic coast, and the island of Alhucemas, in the Mediterranean, were taken, but during the second half of the 17th century, Larache
Larache
and La Mamora
La Mamora
were also lost. Conflicts in northern Europe

Otto van Veen: The Relief of Leiden (1574) after the Dutch had broken their dykes in the Eighty Years' War.

When Philip succeeded his father, Spain
Spain
was not at peace, since Henry II of France
France
came to the throne in 1547 and immediately renewed conflict with Spain. Philip aggressively prosecuted the war against France, crushing a French army at the Battle of St. Quentin in Picardy in 1558 and defeating Henry again at the Battle of Gravelines. The Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis, signed in 1559, permanently recognized Spanish claims in Italy. In the celebrations that followed the treaty, Henry was killed by a stray splinter from a lance. France
France
was stricken for the next thirty years by chronic civil war and unrest (see French Wars of Religion) and, during this period, removed it from effectively competing with Spain
Spain
and the Hapsburg
Hapsburg
family in European power games. Freed from effective French opposition, Spain
Spain
attained the apogee of its might and territorial reach in the period 1559–1643. The time for rejoicing in Madrid
Madrid
was short-lived. In 1566, Calvinist-led riots in the Netherlands
Netherlands
prompted the Duke of Alba to march into the country to restore order. In 1568, William of Orange, better known as William the Silent, led a failed attempt to drive Alba from the Netherlands. These battles are generally considered to signal the start of the Eighty Years' War
Eighty Years' War
that ended with the independence of the United Provinces in 1648. The Spanish, who derived a great deal of wealth from the Netherlands
Netherlands
and particularly from the vital port of Antwerp, were committed to restoring order and maintaining their hold on the provinces. According to Luc-Normand Tellier, "It is estimated that the port of Antwerp
Antwerp
was earning the Spanish crown seven times more revenues than the Americas."[126] In 1572, a band of rebel Dutch privateers known as the watergeuzen ("Sea Beggars") seized a number of Dutch coastal towns, proclaimed their support for William and denounced the Spanish leadership. For Spain, the war became an endless quagmire, sometimes literally. In 1574, the Spanish army under Luis de Requeséns
Luis de Requeséns
was repulsed from the Siege of Leiden
Siege of Leiden
after the Dutch broke the dykes, thus causing extensive flooding. In 1576, faced with the bills from his 80,000-man army of occupation in the Netherlands, the cost of his fleet that had won at Lepanto, together with the growing threat of piracy in the open seas reducing his income from his American colonies, Philip was forced to accept bankruptcy.

Atrocities during the Spanish Fury
Spanish Fury
in Antwerp
Antwerp
on 4 November 1576

The army in the Netherlands
Netherlands
mutinied not long after, seizing Antwerp and looting the southern Netherlands, prompting several cities in the previously peaceful southern provinces to join the rebellion. The Spanish chose to negotiate, and pacified most of the southern provinces again with the Union of Arras in 1579. In response, the Netherlands
Netherlands
created the Union of Utrecht, as an alliance between the northern provinces, later that month. They officially deposed Philip in 1581 when they enacted the Act of Abjuration. Under the Arras agreement the southern states of the Spanish Netherlands, today in Belgium
Belgium
and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
(and Picardy) régions in France, expressed their loyalty to the Spanish king Philip II and recognized his Governor-General, Don Juan of Austria. Spain
Spain
had invested itself in the religious warfare in France
France
after Henry II's death. In 1589, Henry III, the last of the Valois lineage, died at the walls of Paris. His successor, Henry IV of Navarre, the first Bourbon king of France, was a man of great ability, winning key victories against the Catholic League at Arques (1589) and Ivry (1590). Committed to stopping Henry of Navarre
Navarre
from becoming King of France, the Spanish divided their army in the Netherlands
Netherlands
and invaded France
France
in 1590. This proved a disaster. Faced with wars against France, England
England
and the Netherlands, each led by capable leaders, the bankrupted Spanish empire found itself competing against strong adversaries. Continuing piracy against its shipping in the Atlantic and costly colonial enterprises forced Spain to renegotiate its debts in 1596. Philip had been forced to declare bankruptcy in 1557, 1560, 1575, and 1598.[127] The crown attempted to reduce its exposure to the conflicts, first signing the Treaty of Vervins with France
France
in 1598, recognizing Henry IV (since 1593 a Catholic) as king of France, and restoring many of the stipulations of the previous Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis.

The Indies

Potosi, discovered in 1545, produced massive amounts of silver from a single site in upper Peru. The first image published in Europe. Pedro Cieza de León, 1553.

Under Philip II, royal power over The Indies increased, but the crown knew little about its overseas possessions in the Indies. Although the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
was tasked with oversight there, it acted without advice of high officials with direct colonial experience. Another serious problem was that the crown did not know what Spanish laws were in force there. To remedy the situation, Philip appointed Juan de Ovando, who was named President of the council, to give advice. Ovando appointed a "chronicler and cosmographer of the Indies," Juan López de Velasco, to gather information about the crown's holdings, which resulted in the Relaciones geográficas in the 1580s.[128]

The last Inca emperor, Túpac Amaru, who was executed in 1572 at the order of Viceroy
Viceroy
Toledo, to the subsequent displeasure of Philip II.

The crown sought greater control over encomenderos, who had attempted to establish themselves as a local aristocracy; strengthened the power of the ecclesiastical hierarchy; shored up religious orthodoxy by the establishment of the Inquisition in Lima
Lima
and Mexico
Mexico
City (1571); and increased revenues from silver mines in Peru
Peru
and in Mexico, discovered in the 1540s. Particularly important was the crown’s appointment of two able viceroys, Don Francisco de Toledo
Francisco de Toledo
as viceroy of Peru
Peru
(r. 1569-1581), and in Mexico, Don Martín Enríquez (r. 1568-1580), who was subsequently appointed viceroy to replace Toledo in Peru. In Peru, after decades of political unrest, with ineffective viceroys and encomenderos wielding undue power, weak royal institutions, a renegade Inca state existing in Vilcabamba, and waning revenue from the silver mine of Potosí, Toledo’s appointment was a major step forward for royal control. He built on reforms attempted under earlier viceroys, but he is often credited with a major transformation in crown rule in Peru. Toledo formalized the labor draft of Andean commoners, the mita, to guarantee a labor supply for both the silver mine at Potosí
Potosí
and the mercury mine at Huancavelica. He established administrative districts of corregimiento, and resettled native Andeans in reducciones to better rule them. Under Toledo, the last stronghold of the Inca state was destroyed and the last Inca emperor, Tupac Amaru I, was executed. Silver from Potosí
Potosí
flowed to coffers in Spain
Spain
and paid for Spain’s wars in Europe.[129] In Mexico, Viceroy
Viceroy
Enríquez organized the defense of the northern frontier against nomadic and bellicose indigenous groups, who attacked the transport lines of silver from the northern mines.[130] In the religious sphere, the crown sought to bring the power of the religious orders under control with the Ordenanza del Patronazgo, ordering friars to give up their Indian parishes and turn them over to the diocesan clergy, who were more closely controlled by the crown. The crown expanded its global claims and defended existing ones in the Indies. Transpacific explorations had resulted in Spain
Spain
claiming the Philippines
Philippines
and the establishment of Spanish settlements and trade with Mexico. The viceroyalty of Mexico
Mexico
was given jurisdiction over the Philippines, which became the entrepôt for Asian trade. Philip's succession to the crown of Portugal
Portugal
in 1580 complicated the situation on the ground in The Indies between Spanish and Portuguese settlers, although Brazil
Brazil
and Spanish America
Spanish America
were administered through separate councils in Spain. Spain
Spain
dealt with English encroachment on Spain's maritime control in The Indies, particularly by Sir Francis Drake. Although the 1588 Spanish Armada
Spanish Armada
was destroyed off the coast of the British Isles, the Spanish defeated the fleet of Drake and John Hawkins in 1595 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
and Cartagena de Indias (Colombia). Spain
Spain
regained control in the Isthmus of Panama
Panama
by relocating the main port there from Nombre de Dios to Portobelo.[131] The Philippines, the Sultanate of Brunei
Sultanate of Brunei
and Southeast Asia

Manila
Manila
Cathedral (1792)

With the conquest and settlement of the Philippines, the Spanish Empire
Empire
reached its greatest extent.[132] In 1564, Miguel López de Legazpi was commissioned by the viceroy of New Spain
Spain
(Mexico), Don Luis de Velasco, to lead an expedition in the Pacific Ocean to find the Spice Islands, where earlier explorers Ferdinand Magellan
Ferdinand Magellan
and Ruy López de Villalobos had landed in 1521 and 1543, respectively. The westward sailing to reach the sources of spices continued to be a necessity with the still Ottomans controlling major choke points in central Asia. It was unclear how the agreement between Spain
Spain
and Portugal
Portugal
dividing the Atlantic world had an impact on finds on the other side of the Pacific. Spain
Spain
had ceded its rights to the "Spice Islands" to Portugal
Portugal
in the Treaty of Saragossa
Treaty of Saragossa
in 1529, but the appellation was vague as was their exact delineation. The Legazpi expedition was ordered by King Philip II, after whom the Philippines had earlier been named by Ruy López de Villalobos, when Philip was heir to the throne. The king stated that "the main purpose of this expediiton is to establish the return route from the western isles, since it is already known that the route to them is fairly short."[133] The viceroy died in July 1564, but the Audiencia and López de Legazpi completed the preparations for the expedition. On embarking on the expedition, Spain
Spain
lacked maps or information to guide the king's decision to authorize the expedition. That realization subsequently led to the creation of reports from the various regions of the empire, the relaciones geográficas.[134] The Philippines
Philippines
came under the jurisdiction of the viceroyalty of Mexico, and once the Manila Galleon
Manila Galleon
sailings between Manila
Manila
and Acapulco
Acapulco
were established, Mexico
Mexico
became the Philippines' link to the larger Spanish Empire. Spanish colonization began in earnest when López de Legazpi arrived from Mexico
Mexico
in 1565 and formed the first settlements in Cebu. Beginning with just five ships and five hundred men accompanied by Augustinian friars, and further strengthened in 1567 by two hundred soldiers, he was able to repel the Portuguese and create the foundations for the colonization of the archipelago. In 1571, the Spanish, their American recruits and their Visayan allies attacked and occupied the Kingdom of Tondo
Kingdom of Tondo
as well as Maynila, a vassal-state of the Sultanate of Brunei, establishing it as the capital of the Spanish East Indies, renamed Manila.[135][136] Spaniards were few and life was difficult. They attempted to mobilize subordinated populations through the encomienda. Unlike in the Caribbean where the indigenous populations rapidly disappeared, the indigenous populations continued to be robust in the Philippines.[137] One Spaniard described the climate as "cuarto meses de polvo, cuartro meses de lodo, y cuartro meses de todo" (four months of dust, four months of mud, and four months of everything).[138] Legazpi built a fort in Manila
Manila
and made overtures of friendship to Lakan Dula, Lakan of Tondo, who accepted. Maynila's former ruler, the Muslim rajah, Rajah Sulayman, who was a vassal to the Sultan
Sultan
of Brunei, refused to submit to Legazpi but failed to get the support of Lakan Dula
Lakan Dula
or of the Pampangan and Pangasinan settlements to the north. When Tarik Sulayman
Tarik Sulayman
and a force of Kapampangan and Tagalog Muslim warriors attacked the Spaniards in the battle of Bankusay, he was finally defeated and killed. In 1578, the Castilian War
Castilian War
erupted between the Christian Spaniards and Muslim Bruneians over control of the Philippine archipelago. The Spanish were joined by the newly Christianized Non-Muslim Visayans of the Kedatuan of Madja-as
Madja-as
and Rajahnate of Cebu, plus the Rajahnate of Butuan
Butuan
(who were from northern Mindanao), as well as the remnants of the Kedatuan of Dapitan, who had previously waged war against the Sultanate of Sulu
Sultanate of Sulu
and Kingdom of Maynila. They fought against the Sultanate of Brunei
Sultanate of Brunei
and its allies, the Bruneian puppet-state of Maynila and Sulu, which had dynastic links with Brunei. The Spanish and its Visayan allies assaulted Brunei and seized its capital, Kota Batu. This was achieved partly as a result of the assistance of two noblemen, Pengiran Seri Lela and Pengiran Seri Ratna. The former had traveled to Manila
Manila
to offer Brunei as a tributary of Spain
Spain
for help to recover the throne usurped by his brother, Saiful Rijal.[139] The Spanish agreed that if they succeeded in conquering Brunei, Pengiran Seri Lela would indeed become the Sultan, while Pengiran Seri Ratna would be the new Bendahara. In March 1578, the Spanish fleet, led by De Sande himself, acting as Capitán General, started its journey towards Brunei. The expedition consisted of 400 Spaniards, 1,500 Filipino natives and 300 Borneans.[140] The campaign was one of many, which also included action in Mindanao
Mindanao
and Sulu.[141][142]

Miguel López de Legazpi

The Spanish succeeded in invading the capital on April 16, 1578, with the help of Pengiran Seri Lela and Pengiran Seri Ratna. Sultan
Sultan
Saiful Rijal and Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Kahar were forced to flee to Meragang then to Jerudong. In Jerudong, they made plans to chase the conquering army away from Brunei. The Spanish suffered heavy losses due to a cholera or dysentery outbreak.[143][144] They were so weakened by the illness that they decided to abandon Brunei to return to Manila
Manila
on June 26, 1578, after just 72 days. Before doing so, they burned the mosque, a high structure with a five-tier roof.[145] Pengiran Seri Lela died in August–September 1578, probably from the same illness that had afflicted his Spanish allies, although there was suspicion he could have been poisoned by the ruling Sultan. Seri Lela's daughter, the Bruneian princess, left with the Spanish and went on to marry a Christian Tagalog, named Agustín de Legazpi of Tondo, and had children in the Philippines.[146] In 1587, Magat Salamat, one of the children of Lakan Dula, along with Lakan Dula's nephew and lords of the neighboring areas of Tondo, Pandacan, Marikina, Candaba, Navotas and Bulacan, were executed when the Tondo Conspiracy of 1587–1588 failed;[147] a planned grand alliance with the Japanese Christian-captain, Gayo, and Brunei's Sultan, would have restored the old aristocracy. Its failure resulted in the hanging of Agustín de Legaspi and the execution of Magat Salamat (the crown-prince of Tondo).[148] Thereafter, some of the conspirators were exiled to Guam
Guam
or Guerrero, Mexico. The Spanish then conducted the centuries long Spanish-Moro Conflict against the Sultanates of Maguindanao, Lanao and Sulu. War was also waged against the Sultanate of Ternate
Sultanate of Ternate
and Tidore
Tidore
(in response to Ternatean slaving and piracy against Spain's allies: Bohol
Bohol
and Butuan).[149] During the Spanish-Moro conflict, the Moros of Muslim Mindanao
Mindanao
conducted piracy and slave-raids against Christian settlements in the Philippines. The Spanish fought back by establishing Christian fort-cities such as Zamboanga City
Zamboanga City
on Muslim Mindanao. The Spanish considered their war with the Muslims in Southeast Asia
Asia
an extension of the Reconquista, a centuries-long campaign to retake and rechristianize the Spanish homeland which was invaded by the Muslims of the Umayyad Caliphate. The Spanish expeditions into the Philippines
Philippines
were also part of a larger Ibero-Islamic world conflict[150] that included a rivalry with the Ottoman Caliphate, which had a center of operations at its nearby vassal, the Sultanate of Aceh.[151] Portugal
Portugal
and the Iberian Union
Iberian Union
1580-1640 Main article: Iberian Union In 1580, King Philip saw the opportunity to strengthen his position in Iberia when the last member of the Portuguese royal family, Cardinal Henry of Portugal, died. Philip asserted his claim to the Portuguese throne and in June sent the Duke of Alba with an army to Lisbon
Lisbon
to assure his succession. He established the Council of Portugal, on the pattern of the royal councils, the Council of Castile, Council of Aragon, and Council of the Indies, that oversaw particular jurisdictions, but all under the same monarch. In Portugal, the Duke of Alba and the Spanish occupation were little more popular in Lisbon than in Rotterdam. The combined Spanish and Portuguese empires placed into Philip's hands included almost the entirety of the explored New World along with a vast trading empire in Africa and Asia. In 1582, when Philip II moved his court back to Madrid
Madrid
from the Atlantic port of Lisbon, where he had temporarily settled to pacify his new Portuguese kingdom, the pattern was sealed, in spite of what every observant commentator privately noted. "Sea power is more important to the ruler of Spain
Spain
than any other prince", wrote one commentator, "for it is only by sea power that a single community can be created out of so many so far apart." A writer on tactics in 1638 observed, "The might most suited to the arms of Spain
Spain
is that which is placed on the seas, but this matter of state is so well known that I should not discuss it, even if I thought it opportune to do so."[152] Portugal and her kingdoms, including Brazil
Brazil
and her African colonies, were under the dominion of the Spanish monarch.

The Spanish Armada
Spanish Armada
leaving the Bay of Ferrol (1588).

Portugal
Portugal
required an extensive occupation force to keep it under control, and Spain
Spain
was still reeling from the 1576 bankruptcy. In 1584, William the Silent
William the Silent
was assassinated by a half-deranged Catholic, and the death of the popular Dutch resistance leader was hoped to bring an end to the war but did not. In 1586, Queen Elizabeth I of England
England
sent support to the Protestant causes in the Netherlands
Netherlands
and France, and Sir Francis Drake
Francis Drake
launched attacks against Spanish merchants in the Caribbean and the Pacific, along with a particularly aggressive attack on the port of Cadiz. Portugal
Portugal
was brought into Spain's conflicts with rivals. In 1588, hoping to put a stop to Elizabeth's intervention, Philip sent the Spanish Armada
Spanish Armada
to invade England. Unfavorable weather, plus heavily armed and manœuvrable English ships, and the fact that the English had been warned by their spies in the Netherlands
Netherlands
and were ready for the attack resulted in a defeat for the Armada. However, the failure of the Drake–Norris Expedition to Portugal
Portugal
and the Azores
Azores
in 1589 marked a turning point in the on-off 1585–1604 Anglo–Spanish War. The Spanish fleets became more effective in transporting greatly increased quantities of silver and gold from the Americas, while English attacks suffered costly failures. During the reign of Philip III (Philip II of Portugal) in 1640, the Portuguese revolted and fought for their independence from the rest of Iberia. The Council of Portugal
Council of Portugal
was subsequently dissolved. Philip III (r. 1598-1621) Main article: Philip III of Spain

Philip III of Spain, Philip II of Portugal

Philip sought to reduce foreign conflicts, since even the vast revenues could not sustain the nearly bankrupted kingdom. The Kingdom of England, suffering from a series of repulses at sea and from a guerrilla war by Catholics in Ireland, who were supported by Spain, agreed to the Treaty of London, 1604, following the accession of the more tractable Stuart King James I. Philip's chief minister, the duke of Lerma, also steered Spain
Spain
toward peace with the Netherlands
Netherlands
in 1609, although the conflict was to emerge again at a later point.[153] Castile provided the Spanish crown with most of its revenues and its best troops.[154] The plague devastated Castilian lands between 1596 and 1602, causing the deaths of some 600,000 people.[155] A great number of Castilians went to America or died in battle. In 1609, the great majority of the Morisco
Morisco
population of Spain
Spain
was expelled. It is estimated that Castile lost about 25% of its population between 1600 and 1623. Such a dramatic drop in the population meant the basis for the Crown's revenues was dangerously weakened in a time when it was engaged in continuous conflict in Europe.[156] Peace with England
England
and France
France
gave Spain
Spain
an opportunity to focus its energies on restoring its rule to the Dutch provinces. The Dutch, led by Maurice of Nassau, the son of William the Silent
William the Silent
and perhaps the greatest strategist of his time, had succeeded in taking a number of border cities since 1590, including the fortress of Breda. Following the peace with England, the new Spanish commander Ambrogio Spinola, a general with the ability to match Maurice, pressed hard against the Dutch and was prevented from conquering the Netherlands
Netherlands
only by Spain's latest bankruptcy in 1607. In 1609, the Twelve Years' Truce was signed between Spain
Spain
and the United Provinces. At last, Spain
Spain
was at peace – the Pax Hispanica. Spain
Spain
made a fair recovery during the truce, putting its finances in order and doing much to restore its prestige and stability in the run-up to the last truly great war in which she would play a leading part. Philip II's successor, Philip III, was a man of limited ability, uninterested in politics and preferring to delegate management of the empire to others.[citation needed] His chief minister was the capable Duke of Lerma. The Duke of Lerma (and to a large extent Philip II) had been uninterested in the affairs of their ally, Austria. In 1618, the king replaced him with Don Baltasar de Zúñiga, a veteran ambassador to Vienna. Don Balthasar believed that the key to restraining the resurgent French and eliminating the Dutch was a closer alliance with Habsburg
Habsburg
Austria. In 1618, beginning with the Defenestration of Prague, Austria
Austria
and the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand II, embarked on a campaign against the Protestant Union
Protestant Union
and Bohemia. Don Balthasar encouraged Philip to join the Austrian Habsburgs in the war, and Spinola, the rising star of the Spanish army in the Netherlands, was sent at the head of the Army of Flanders
Army of Flanders
to intervene. Thus, Spain entered into the Thirty Years' War. Philip IV (r. 1621-1665) Main article: Philip IV of Spain

Philip IV of Spain, Philip III of Portugal

When Philip IV succeeded his father in 1621, Spain
Spain
was clearly in economic and political decline, a source of consternation. The learned arbitristas sent the king more analyses of Spain's problems and possible solutions. As an illustration of the precarious economic situation of Spain
Spain
at the time, it was actually Dutch bankers who financed the East India merchants of Seville. At the same time, everywhere in the world Dutch entrepreneurship and settlements were undermining Spanish and Portuguese hegemony. The Dutch were religiously tolerant and not evangelical, focusing on trade, as opposed to Spain's longstanding defense of Catholicism. A Dutch proverb says, "Christ is good; trade is better!"[157] Spain
Spain
badly needed time and peace to repair its finances and to rebuild its economy. In 1622, Don Balthasar was replaced by Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, a reasonably honest and able man.[158] After certain initial setbacks, the Bohemians were defeated at White Mountain in 1621, and again at Stadtlohn in 1623. The war with the Netherlands
Netherlands
was renewed in 1621 with Spinola taking the fortress of Breda in 1625. The intervention of Christian IV of Denmark in the war threatened the Spanish position, but the victory of the Imperial general Albert of Wallenstein
Albert of Wallenstein
over the Danes at Dessau Bridge and again at Lutter (both in 1626), eliminated that threat. There was hope in Madrid
Madrid
that the Netherlands
Netherlands
might finally be reincorporated into the Empire, and after the defeat of Denmark
Denmark
the Protestants in Germany seemed crushed. France
France
was once again involved in its own instabilities (the Siege of La Rochelle
Siege of La Rochelle
began in 1627), and Spain's eminence seemed clear. The Count-Duke Olivares asserted, "God is Spanish and fights for our nation these days".[159]

The Surrender of Breda (1625) to Ambrogio Spinola, by Velázquez. This victory came to symbolize the renewed period of Spanish military vigor in the Thirty Years' War.

Olivares realized that Spain
Spain
needed to reform, and to reform it needed peace, first and foremost with the Dutch United Provinces. Olivares aimed for "peace with honor", however, which meant in practice a peace settlement that would have restored to Spain
Spain
something of its predominant position in the Netherlands. This was unacceptable to the United Provinces, and the inevitable consequence was the constant hope that one more victory would finally lead to "peace with honor", perpetuating the ruinous war that Olivares had wanted to avoid to begin with. In 1625, Olivares proposed the Union of Arms, which aimed at raising revenues from the Indies and other kingdoms of Iberia for imperial defense, which met strong opposition.[160][161] The Union of Arms was the sparking point for a major revolt in Catalonia
Catalonia
in 1640. This turmoil also seemed a propitious moment for the Portuguese to revolt against Hapsburg
Hapsburg
rule, with the Duke of Braganza proclaimed as John IV of Portugal.[162] While Spinola and the Spanish army were focused on the Netherlands, the war seemed to go in Spain's favor. But in 1627 the Castilian economy collapsed. The Hapsburgs had been debasing their currency to pay for the war and prices exploded, just as they had in previous years in Austria. Until 1631, parts of Castile operated on a barter economy owing to the currency crisis, and the government was unable to collect any meaningful taxes from the peasantry and had to depend on revenue from its colonies. The Spanish armies, like others in German territories, resorted to "paying themselves" on the land. Olivares had backed certain taxation reforms in Spain
Spain
pending the end of the war, but was blamed for another embarrassing and fruitless war in Italy. The Dutch, who during the Twelve Years' Truce
Twelve Years' Truce
had made increasing their navy a priority, (which showed its maturing potency at the Battle of Gibraltar
Gibraltar
1607), managed to strike a great blow against Spanish maritime trade with the capture by captain Piet Hein of the Spanish treasure fleet
Spanish treasure fleet
on which Spain
Spain
had become dependent after the economic collapse. Spanish military resources were stretched across Europe and also at sea as they sought to protect maritime trade against the greatly improved Dutch and French fleets, while still occupied with the Ottoman and associated Barbary pirate
Barbary pirate
threat in the Mediterranean. In the meantime the aim of choking Dutch shipping was carried out by the Dunkirkers with considerable success. In 1625 a Spanish-Portuguese fleet, under Admiral Fadrique de Toledo, regained the strategically vital Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia from the Dutch. Elsewhere, the isolated and undermanned Portuguese forts in Africa and the Asia proved vulnerable to Dutch and English raids and takeovers or simply being bypassed as important trading posts. In 1630, Gustavus Adolphus
Gustavus Adolphus
of Sweden, one of history's most noted commanders, landed in Germany and relieved the port of Stralsund, the last continental stronghold of German forces belligerent to the Emperor. Gustavus then marched south and won notable victories at Breitenfeld and Lützen, attracting more Protestant support with every step he took. The situation for the Catholics improved with the death of Gustavus at Lützen in 1632, and they won a key victory at Nördlingen in 1634. From a position of strength, the Emperor approached the war-weary German states with a peace offering in 1635: many accepted, including the two most powerful, Brandenburg
Brandenburg
and Saxony. But then France
France
entered the war, and diplomatic calculations were once again thrown into confusion.

The swearing of the oath of ratification of the Treaty of Münster in 1648 (1648) that ended the Eighty Years' War
Eighty Years' War
between Spain
Spain
and the Netherlands. Gerard ter Borch

Cardinal Richelieu
Cardinal Richelieu
of France
France
had been a strong supporter of the Dutch and Protestants since the beginning of the war, sending funds and equipment in an attempt to stem Hapsburg
Hapsburg
strength in Europe. Richelieu decided that the recently signed Peace of Prague was contrary to French interests and declared war on the Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor
and Spain within months of the peace being signed. In the war that followed, the more experienced Spanish forces scored initial successes. Olivares ordered a lightning campaign into northern France
France
from the Spanish Netherlands, hoping to shatter the resolve of King Louis XIII's ministers and topple Richelieu. In the "année de Corbie", 1636, Spanish forces advanced as far south as Corbie, and such was the threat to Paris that the war came close to a conclusion on Spanish terms. After 1636, however, Olivares halted the advan, ce, fearful of provoking another crown bankruptcy. The hesitation in pressing home the advantage proved fateful: French forces regrouped and pushed the Spanish back towards the border. The Spanish army would never again penetrate so far. At the Battle of the Downs
Battle of the Downs
in 1639 a Spanish fleet carrying troops was destroyed by the Dutch navy, and the Spanish found themselves unable to supply and reinforce their forces adequately in the Netherlands. The Army of Flanders, which represented the finest of Spanish soldiery and leadership, faced a French assault led by Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé in northern France
France
at Rocroi in 1643. The Spanish, led by Francisco de Melo, were beaten by the French. After a closely fought battle the Spanish were forced to surrender on honorable terms. As a result, while the defeat was not a rout, the high status of the Army of Flanders
Army of Flanders
was ended at Rocroi. The defeat at Rocroi also led to the dismissal of the embattled Olivares, who was confined to his estates by the king's order and died two years later. The Treaty of Münster ended the Spanish Eighty Years' War
Eighty Years' War
in 1648, with Spain
Spain
recognizing the independence of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands. In the Indies, Spanish claims were effectively challenged in the Caribbean by the English, the French, and the Dutch, which all established permanent colonies there, after raiding and trading starting in the late sixteenth century. Spain's main Caribbean stronghold of Cuba
Cuba
remained in crown hands, but Windward Islands
Windward Islands
and Leeward Islands
Leeward Islands
were claimed but not occupied. The English settled St Kitts (1623-25), Barbados
Barbados
(1627); Nevis
Nevis
(1628); Antigua
Antigua
(1632), and Montserrat
Montserrat
(1632). The French settled in the West Indies in Martinique and Guadaloupe
Guadaloupe
in 1635; and the Dutch acquired trading bases in Curaçao, St Eustace, and St Martin.[163] The Last Spanish Habsburgs Main articles: Habsburg
Habsburg
Spain
Spain
in the seventeenth century and Charles II of Spain

The Battle of Rocroi, by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau.

Traditionally, historians mark the Battle of Rocroi
Battle of Rocroi
(1643) as the end of Spanish dominance in Europe. But the war was not finished, and after a severe setback, more Spanish victories followed. Supported by the French, the Catalans, Neapolitans, and Portuguese rose up in revolt against the Spanish in the 1640s. With the Spanish Netherlands caught between the tightening grip of French and Dutch forces after the Battle of Lens
Battle of Lens
in 1648, the Spanish made peace with the Dutch and recognized the independent United Provinces in the Peace of Westphalia that ended both the Eighty Years' War
Eighty Years' War
and the Thirty Years' War. War with France
France
continued for eleven more years. Although France suffered from a civil war from 1648 to 1652 (see Wars of the Fronde), Spain
Spain
had been exhausted by the Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years' War
and the ongoing revolts. With the war against the United Provinces at an end in 1648, the Spanish drove the French out of Naples
Naples
and Catalonia
Catalonia
in 1652, recaptured Dunkirk, and occupied several northern French forts that they held until peace was made. The war came to an end soon after the Battle of the Dunes (1658), where the French army under Viscount Turenne retook Dunkirk. Spain
Spain
agreed to the Peace of the Pyrenees
Peace of the Pyrenees
in 1659 that ceded to France
France
the Spanish Netherlands
Spanish Netherlands
territory of Artois and the northern Catalan county of Roussillon. Portugal
Portugal
had rebelled in 1640 under the leadership of John of Braganza, a pretender to the throne. He had received widespread support from the Portuguese people, and Spain—which had to deal with rebellions elsewhere, along with the war against France – was unable to respond adequately. John mounted the throne as King John IV of Portugal, and the Spanish and Portuguese co-existed in a de facto state of peace from 1644 to 1656. When John died in 1656, the Spanish attempted to wrest Portugal
Portugal
from his son Alfonso VI of Portugal
Portugal
but were defeated at Ameixial (1663) and Montes Claros (1665), leading to Spain's recognition of Portugal's independence in 1668 and the dissolution of the Spanish crown's Council of Portugal.

The meeting of Philip IV of Spain
Spain
and Louis XIV
Louis XIV
of France
France
on 7 July 1660 at Pheasant Island.

Spain
Spain
still had a huge overseas empire in Spanish America
Spanish America
and the Philippines. However, France
France
was now the dominant power on continental Europe, and the United Provinces were dominant in the Atlantic. The Great Plague of Seville
Seville
(1647–1652) killed up to 25% of Seville's population.[citation needed] Sevilla, and indeed the economy of Andalucía, would never recover from such complete devastation. Altogether Spain
Spain
was thought to have lost 500,000 people, out of a population of slightly fewer than 10,000,000, or nearly 5% of its entire population. Historians reckon the total cost in human lives due to these plagues throughout Spain, throughout the entire 17th century, to be a minimum of nearly 1.25 million.[164] The regency of the young Spanish king Charles II was incompetent in dealing with the War of Devolution
War of Devolution
that Louis XIV
Louis XIV
of France
France
prosecuted against the Spanish Netherlands
Spanish Netherlands
in 1667–68, losing considerable prestige and territory, including the cities of Lille
Lille
and Charleroi. In the Franco-Dutch War
Franco-Dutch War
of 1672–1678, Spain
Spain
lost still more territory when it came to the assistance of its former Dutch enemies, most notably Franche-Comté.

The Battle of Almansa
Battle of Almansa
(1707) was one of the most decisive engagements of the War of Spanish Succession.

In the Nine Years' War
Nine Years' War
(1688–1697) Louis once again invaded the Spanish Netherlands. French forces led by the Duke of Luxembourg defeated the Spanish at Fleurus (1690) and subsequently defeated Dutch forces under William III of Orange, who fought on Spain's side. The war ended with most of the Spanish Netherlands
Spanish Netherlands
under French occupation, including the important cities of Ghent
Ghent
and Luxembourg. The war revealed to Europe the vulnerability of the Spanish defenses and bureaucracy. Further, the ineffective Spanish Habsburg
Habsburg
government took no action to improve them. Spain
Spain
suffered utter decay and stagnation during the final decades of the 17th century. While the rest of Western Europe went through exciting changes in government and society – the Glorious Revolution in England
England
and the reign of the Sun King in France
France
Spain
Spain
remained adrift. The Spanish bureaucracy that had built up around the charismatic, industrious, and intelligent Charles I and Philip II demanded a strong and hardworking monarch; the weakness and lack of interest of Philip III and Philip IV contributed to Spain's decay. Charles II was mentally disabled and impotent. He was therefore childless, and in his final will he left his throne to a French prince, the Bourbon Philip of Anjou, rather than to a fellow Habsburg, albeit from Austria. This resulted in the War of the Spanish Succession. The Indies: Spanish America
Spanish America
and the Philippines To the end of its imperial rule, Spain
Spain
called its overseas possessions in the Americas
Americas
and the Philippines
Philippines
"The Indies," an enduring remnant of Columbus's notion that he had reached Asia
Asia
by sailing west. When these territories reach a high level of importance, the crown established the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
in 1524, following the conquest of the Aztec empire, asserting permanent royal control over its possessions. Regions with dense indigenous populations and sources of mineral wealth attracting Spanish settlers became colonial centers, while those without such resources were peripheral to crown interest. Once regions incorporated into the empire and their importance assessed, overseas possessions came under stronger or weaker crown control.[165] The crown learned its lesson with the rule of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
and his heirs in the Caribbean, and they never subsequently gave authorization of sweeping powers to explorers and conquerors. The Catholic Monarchs' conquest of Granada in 1492 and their expulsion of the Jews "were militant expressions of religious statehood at the moment of the beginning of the American colonization."[166] The crown's power in the religious sphere was absolute in its overseas possessions through the papacy's grant of the Patronato real, and " Catholicism
Catholicism
was indissolubly linked with royal authority."[167] The crown's administration of its overseas empire was implemented by royal officials in both the civil and religious spheres, often with overlapping jurisdictions. Church-State relations were established in the conquest era and remained stable until the end of the Hapsburg
Hapsburg
era in 1700, when the Bourbon monarchs implemented major reforms and changed the relationship between crown and altar. Explorers, conquerors, and expansion of empire Main article: Spanish colonization of the Americas

Emperor Atahualpa
Atahualpa
is shown surrounded on his palanquin at the Battle of Cajamarca.

After Columbus, the Spanish colonization of the Americas
Americas
was led by a series of soldiers-of-fortune and explorers called conquistadors. The Spanish forces, in addition to significant armament and equestrian advantages, exploited the rivalries between competing indigenous peoples, tribes, and nations, some of which were willing to form alliances with the Spanish in order to defeat their more-powerful enemies, such as the Aztecs or Incas—a tactic that would be extensively used by later European colonial powers. The Spanish conquest was also facilitated by the spread of diseases (e.g. smallpox), common in Europe but never present in the New World, which reduced the indigenous populations in the Americas. This sometimes caused a labor shortage for plantations and public works and so the colonists informally and gradually, at first, initiated the Atlantic slave trade. (see Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas) One of the most accomplished conquistadors was Hernán Cortés, who, leading a relatively small Spanish force but with local translators and the crucial support of thousands of native allies, achieved the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire
Aztec Empire
in the campaigns of 1519–1521. This territory later became the Viceroyalty of New Spain, present day Mexico. Of equal importance was the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire
Empire
by Francisco Pizarro, which would become the Viceroyalty of Peru.[168]

Cristóbal de Olid
Cristóbal de Olid
leads Spanish soldiers with Tlaxcalan allies in the conquests of Jalisco, 1522. From Lienzo de Tlaxcala.

After the conquest of Mexico, rumors of golden cities (Quivira and Cíbola in North America and El Dorado
El Dorado
in South America) motivated several other expeditions. Many of those returned without having found their goal, or finding it much less valuable than was hoped. Indeed, the New World
New World
colonies only began to yield a substantial part of the Crown's revenues with the establishment of mines such as that of Potosí
Potosí
(Bolivia) and Zacatecas
Zacatecas
(Mexico) both started in 1546. By the late 16th century, silver from the Americas
Americas
accounted for one-fifth of Spain's total budget.[168] Eventually the world's stock of precious metal was doubled or even tripled by silver from the Americas.[169] Official records indicate that at least 75% of the silver was taken across the Atlantic to Spain and no more than 25% across the Pacific to China. Some modern researchers argue that due to rampant smuggling about 50% went to China.[169] In the 16th century "perhaps 240,000 Europeans" entered American ports.[170] Further Spanish settlements were progressively established in the New World: New Granada in the 1530s (later in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717 and present day Colombia), Lima
Lima
in 1535 as the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru, Buenos Aires in 1536 (later in the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata
Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata
in 1776), and Santiago in 1541. Florida
Florida
was colonized in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
when he founded St. Augustine and then promptly defeated an attempt led by the French Captain Jean Ribault
Jean Ribault
and 150 of his countrymen to establish a French foothold in Spanish Florida
Spanish Florida
territory. Saint Augustine quickly became a strategic defensive base for the Spanish ships full of gold and silver being sent to Spain
Spain
from its New World
New World
dominions.

Spanish explorations and routes across the Pacific Ocean.

The Portuguese mariner sailing for Castile, Ferdinand Magellan, died while in the Philippines
Philippines
commanding a Castilian expedition in 1522, which was the first to circumnavigate the globe. The Basque commander Juan Sebastián Elcano
Juan Sebastián Elcano
led the expedition to success. Spain
Spain
sought to enforce their rights in the Moluccan islands, which led a conflict with the Portuguese, but the issue was resolved with the Treaty of Zaragoza (1525), settling the location of the antimeridian of Tordesillas, which would divide the world into two equal hemispheres. From then on, maritime expeditions led to the discovery of several archipelagos in the South Pacific as the Pitcairn Islands, the Marquesas, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
or New Guinea, to which Spain
Spain
laid claim. Most important in Pacific exploration was the claim on the Philippines, which was populous and strategically located for the Spanish settlement of Manila
Manila
and entrepôt for trade with China. On 27 April 1565, the first permanent Spanish settlement in the Philippines was founded by Miguel López de Legazpi
Miguel López de Legazpi
and the service of Manila Galleons was inaugurated. The Manilla Galleons shipped goods from all over Asia
Asia
across the Pacific to Acapulco
Acapulco
on the coast of Mexico. From there, the goods were transshipped across Mexico
Mexico
to the Spanish treasure fleets, for shipment to Spain. The Spanish trading post of Manila
Manila
was established to facilitate this trade in 1572. The control of Guam, Mariana Islands, Caroline Islands, and Palau
Palau
came later, from the end of the 17th century, and remained under Spanish control until 1898. Organization and administration of empire The empire in the Indies was a newly established dependency of the kingdom of Castile alone, so crown power was not impeded by any existing cortes (i.e. parliament), administrative or ecclesiastical institution, or seigneurial group.[171] The crown sought to establish and maintain control over its overseas possessions through a complex, hierarchical bureaucracy, which in many ways was decentralized. The crown asserted is authority and sovereignty of the territory and vassals it claimed, collected taxes, maintained public order, meted out justice, and established policies for governance of large indigenous populations. Many institutions established in Castile found expression in The Indies from the early colonial period. Spanish universities expanded to train lawyer-bureaucrats (letrados) for administrative positions in Spain
Spain
and its overseas empire. The end of the Hapsburg
Hapsburg
dynasty in 1700 saw major administrative reforms in the eighteenth century under the Bourbon monarchy, starting with the first Spanish Bourbon monarch, Philip V (r. 1700-1746) and reaching its apogee under Charles III (r. 1759-1788). The reorganization of administration has been called "a revolution in government."[172] Reforms sought to centralize government control through reorganization of administration, reinvigorate the economies of Spain
Spain
and the Spanish empire through changes in mercantile and fiscal policies, defend Spanish colonies and territorial claims through the establishment of a standing military, undermine the power of the Catholic church, and rein in the power of the American-born elites.[173] Early institutions of governance The crown relied on ecclesiastics as important councilors and royal officials in the governance of their overseas territories. Archbishop Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca, Isabella’s confessor, was tasked with reining in Columbus’s independence. He strongly influenced the formulation of colonial policy under the Catholic Monarchs, and was instrumental in establishing the Casa de Contratación
Casa de Contratación
(1503), which enabled crown control over trade and immigration. Ovando fitted out Magellan’s voyage of circumnavigation, and became the first President of the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
in 1524.[174] Ecclesiastics also functioned as administrators overseas in the early Caribbean period, particularly Frey Nicolás de Ovando, who was sent to investigate the administration of Francisco de Bobadilla, the governor appointed to succeed Christopher Columbus. [175] Later ecclesiastics served as interim viceroys, general inspectors (visitadores), and other high posts. The crown established control over trade and emigration to the Indies with the 1503 establishment the Casa de Contratación
Casa de Contratación
(House of Trade) in Seville. Ships and cargoes were registered, and emigrants vetted to prevent migration of anyone not of old Christian heritage and facilitated the migration of families and women.[176] In addition, the Casa de Contratación
Casa de Contratación
took charge of the fiscal organization, and of the organization and judicial control of the trade with the Indies.[177] The politics of asserting royal authority opposite to Columbus caused the suppression of his privileges in The Indies and the creation of territorial governance under royal authority. These governorates, also called as provinces, were the basic of the territorial government of the Indies,[178] and arose as the territories were conquered and colonized.[179] To carry out the expedition (entrada), which entailed exploration, conquest, and initial settlement of the territory, the king, as owner of the Indies, agreed capitulación (an itemized contract) with the specifics of the conditions of the expedition in a particular territory. The individual leaders of expeditions (adelantados) assumed the expenses of the venture and in return received as reward the grant from the government of the conquered territories;[180] and in addition, they received instructions about treating the aborigens.[181]

Fray Bartolome de Las Casas, Protector of the Indians

After the end of the period of conquests, it was necessary to manage extensive and different territories with a strong bureaucracy. In the face of the impossibility of the Castilian institutions to take care of the New World
New World
affairs, other new institutions were created.[182] As the basic political entity it was the governorate, or province. The governors exercised judicial ordinary functions of first instance, and prerogatives of government legislating by ordinances.[183] To these political functions of the governor, it could be joined the military ones, according to military requirements, with the rank of Captain general.[184] The office of captain general involved to be the supreme military chief of the whole territory and he was responsible for recruiting and providing troops, the fortification of the territory, the supply and the shipbuilding.[185] The indigenous populations in the Caribbean became the focus of the crown in its roles as sovereigns of the empire and patron of the Catholic Church. Spanish conquerors holding grants of indigenous labor in encomienda ruthlessly exploited them Spanish. A number of friars in the early period came to the vigorous defense of the indigenous populations, who were new converts to Christianity. Prominent Dominican friars in Santo Domingo, especially Antonio de Montesinos and Bartolomé de Las Casas
Bartolomé de Las Casas
denounced the maltreatment and pressed the crown to act to protect the indigenous populations. The crown enacted Laws of Burgos (1513) and the Requerimiento to curb the power of the Spanish conquerors and give indigenous populations the opportunity to peacefully embrace Spanish authority and Christianity. Neither was effective in its purpose. Las Casas was officially appointed Protector of the Indians and spent his life arguing forcefully on their behalf. The New Laws
New Laws
of 1542, limiting the power of encomenderos, were a result. Beginning in 1522 in the newly conquered Mexico, government units in the Spanish Empire
Empire
had a royal treasury controlled by a set of officiales reales (royal officials). There were also sub-treasuries at important ports and mining districts. The officials of the royal treasury at each level of government typically included two to four positions: a tesorero (treasurer), the senior official who guarded money on hand and made payments; a contador (accountant or comptroller), who recorded income and payments, maintained records, and interpreted royal instructions; a factor, who guarded weapons and supplies belonging to the king, and disposed of tribute collected in the province; and a veedor (overseer), who was responsible for contacts with native inhabitants of the province, and collected the king's share of any war booty. The veedor, or overseer, position quickly disappeared in most jurisdictions, subsumed into the position of factor. Depending on the conditions in a jurisdiction, the position of factor/veedor was often eliminated, as well.[186][187][188] The treasury officials were appointed by the king, and were largely independent of the authority of the viceroy, audiencia president or governor. On the death, unauthorized absence, retirement or removal of a governor, the treasury officials would jointly govern the province until a new governor appointed by the king could take up his duties. Treasury officials were supposed to be paid out of the income from the province, and were normally prohibited from engaging in income-producing activities.[186][187] Spanish Law and indigenous peoples

Colegio de San Gregorio, Valladolid, where the Laws of the Indies
Laws of the Indies
were promulgated

The protection of the indigenous populations from enslavement and exploitation by Spanish settlers were established in the Laws of Burgos, 1512–1513. The laws were the first codified set of laws governing the behavior of Spanish settlers in the Americas, particularly with regards to treatment of native Indians in the institution of the encomienda. They forbade the maltreatment of natives, and endorsed the Indian Reductions
Indian Reductions
with attempts of conversion to Catholicism.[189] Upon their failure to effectively protect the indigenous and following the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire
Empire
and the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire, more stringent laws to control conquerors' and settlers' exercise of power, especially their maltreatment of the indigenous populations, were promulgated, known as the New Laws
New Laws
(1542). The crown aimed to prevent the formation of an aristocracy in the Indies not under crown control. Despite the fact that The Queen Isabel was the first monarch that laid the first stone for the protection of the indigenous peoples in her testament in which the Catholic monarch prohibited the enslavement of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.[190] Then the first such in 1542; the legal thought behind them was the basis of modern International law.[191] Taking advantage of their extreme remoteness from royal power, some colonists were disagree with the laws when they saw their power being reduced, forcing a partial suppression of these New Laws. The Valladolid
Valladolid
debate (1550–1551) was the first moral debate in European history to discuss the rights and treatment of a colonized people by colonizers. Held in the Colegio de San Gregorio, in the Spanish city of Valladolid, it was a moral and theological debate about the colonization of the Americas, its justification for the conversion to Catholicism
Catholicism
and more specifically about the relations between the European settlers and the natives of the New World. It consisted of a number of opposing views about the way natives were to be integrated into colonial life, their conversion to Christianity and their rights and obligations. According to the French historian Jean Dumont The Valladolid
Valladolid
debate was a major turning point in world history “In that moment in Spain
Spain
appeared the dawn of the human rights”.[192] Council of the Indies Main article: Council of the Indies In 1524 the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
was established, following the system of system of Councils that advised the monarch and made decisions on his behalf about specific matters of government.[193] Based in Castile, with the assignment of the governance of the Indies, it was thus responsible for drafting legislation, proposing the appointments to the King for civil government as well as ecclesiastical appointments, and pronouncing judicial sentences; as maximum authority in the overseas territories, the Council of the Indies took over both the institutions in the Indies as the defense of the interests of the Crown, the Catholic Church, and of indigenous peoples.[194] With the 1508 papal grant to the crown of the Patronato real, the crown, rather than the pope, exercised absolute power over the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
in the Americas
Americas
and the Philippines, a privilege the crown zealously guarded against erosion or incursion. Crown approval through the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
was needed for the establishment of bishoprics, building of churches, appointment of all clerics.[195] In 1721, at the beginning of the Bourbon monarchy, the crown transferred the main responsibility for governing the overseas empire from the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
to the Ministry of the Navy and the Indies, which were subsequently divided into two separate ministries in 1754.[196] Viceroyalties Main articles: Viceroyalty of New Spain, Viceroyalty of Peru, Viceroyalty of New Granada, and Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata

View of the Plaza Mayor of Mexico
Mexico
City and the viceroy's palace, by Cristóbal de Villalpando, 1695

The impossibility of the physical presence of the monarch and the necessity of strong royal governance in The Indies resulted in the appointment of viceroys ("vice-kings"), the direct representation of the monarch, in both civil and ecclesiastical spheres. Viceroyalties were the largest territory unit of administration in the civil and religious spheres and the boundaries of civil and ecclesiastical governance coincided by design, to ensure crown control over both bureaucracies.[197] Until the eighteenth century, there were just two viceroyalties, with the Viceroyalty of New Spain
Spain
(founded 1535) administering North America, a portion of the Caribbean, and the Philippines, and the viceroyalty of Peru
Peru
(founded 1542) having jurisdiction over Spanish South America. Viceroys served as the vice-patron of the Catholic Church, including the Inquisition, established in the seats of the viceroyalties ( Mexico
Mexico
City and Peru). Viceroys were responsible for good governance of their territories, economic development, and humane treatment of the indigenous populations.[198] In the eighteenth century reforms, the Viceroyalty of Peru
Viceroyalty of Peru
was reorganized, splitting off portions to form the Viceroyalty of New Granada (Colombia) (1739) and the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata (Argentina) (1776), leaving Peru
Peru
with jurisdiction over Peru, Charcas, and Chile. Viceroys were of high social standing, almost without exception born in Spain, and served fixed terms. Audiencias, the High Courts Main article: Real Audiencia

Members of the Real Audiencia
Real Audiencia
of Lima, the presidente, alcaldes de corte, fiscal and alguacil mayor. (Nueva Crónica y Buen Gobierno, p. 488)

The Audiencias were initially constituted by the crown as a key administrative institution with royal authority and loyalty to the crown as opposed to conquerors and first settlers.[199] Although constituted as the highest judicial authority in their territorial jurisdiction, they also had executive and legislative authority, and served as the executive on an interim basis. Judges (oidores) held "formidable power. Their role in judicial affairs and in overseeing the implementation of royal legislation made their decisions important for the communities they served." Since their appointments were for life or the pleasure of the monarch, they had a continuity of power and authority that viceroys and captains-general lacked because of their shorter-term appointments.[200] They were the "center of the administrative system [and] gave the government of the Indies a strong basis of permanence and continuity."[201] Their main function was judicial, as a court of justice of second instance —court of appeal— in penal and civil matters, but also the Audiencias were courts the first instance in the city where it had its headquarters, and also in the cases involving the Royal Treasury.[202] Besides court of justice, the Audiencias had functions of government as counterweight the authority of the viceroys, since they could communicate with both the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
and the king without the requirement of requesting authorization from the viceroy.[202] This direct correspondence of the Audiencia with the Council of the Indies
Council of the Indies
made it possible for the Council to give the Audiencia direction on general aspects of government.[199] Audiencias were a significant base of power and influence for American-born elites, starting in the late sixteenth century, with nearly a quarter of appointees being born in the Indies by 1687. During a financial crisis in the late seventeenth century, the crown began selling Audiencia appointments, and American-born Spaniards held 45% of Audiencia appointments. Although there were restrictions of appointees' ties to local elite society and participation in the local economy, they acquired dispensations from the cash-strapped crown. Audiencia judgments and other functions became more tied to the locality and less to the crown and impartial justice. During the Bourbon Reforms
Bourbon Reforms
in the mid-eighteenth century, the crown systematically sought to centralize power in its own hands and diminish that of its overseas possessions, appointing peninsular-born Spaniards to Audiencias. American-born elite men complained bitterly about the change, since they lost access to power that they had enjoyed for nearly a century.[203] Civil administrative districts Main articles: Corregidor (position) and Intendant During the early colonial era and under the Hapsburgs, the crown established a regional layer of colonial jurisdiction in the institution of Corregimiento, which was between the Audiencia and (town councils. Corregimiento expanded "royal authority from the urban centers into the countryside and over the indigenous population."[204] As with many colonial institutions, corregimiento had its roots in Castile when the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
centralize power over municipalities. In the Indies, corregimiento initially functioned to bring control over Spanish settlers who exploited the indigenous populations held in encomienda, in order to protect the shrinking indigenous populations and prevent the formation of an aristocracy of conquerors and powerful settlers. The royal official in charge of a district was the Corregidor, who was appointed by the viceroy, usually for a five-year term. Corregidores collected the tribute from indigenous communities and regulated forced indigenous labor. Alcaldías mayores were larger districts with a royal appointee, the Alcalde mayor. As the indigenous populations declined, the need for corregimiento decreased and then suppressed, with the alcaldía mayor remaining an institution until it was replaced in the eighteenth-century Bourbon Reforms by royal officials, Intendants. The salary of officials during the Hapsburg
Hapsburg
era were paltry, but the corregidor or alcalde mayor in densely populated areas of indigenous settlement with a valuable product could use his office for personal enrichment. As with many other royal posts, these positions were sold, starting in 1677.[205] The Bourbon-era intendants were appointed and relatively well paid.[206] Ecclesiastical organization

Cathedral of Puebla, Mexico

During the early colonial period, the crown authorized friars of Catholic religious orders (Franciscans, Dominicans, and Augustinians) to function as priests during the conversion of indigenous populations. During the early Age of Discovery, the diocesan clergy in Spain
Spain
was poorly educated and considered of a low moral standing, and the Catholic Monarchs
Catholic Monarchs
were reluctant to allow them to spearhead evangelization. Each order set up networks of parishes in the various regions (provinces), sited in existing Indian settlements, where Christian churches were built and where evangelization of the indigenous was based.[207] However, after the 1550s, the crown increasingly favored the diocesan clergy over the religious orders since the diocesan clergy was under the direct authority of the crown, while religious orders were with their own internal regulations and leadership. The crown had authority to draw the boundaries for dioceses and parishes. The creation of the ecclesiastical hierarchy with priests who not members of religious orders, those known as the diocesan or secular clergy, marked a turning point in the crown’s control over the religious sphere. In 1574, Philip II promulgated the Order of Patronage (Ordenaza del Patronato) ordering the religious orders to turn over their parishes to the secular clergy, a policy that secular clerics had long sought for the central areas of empire, with their large indigenous populations. Although implementation was slow and incomplete, it was an assertion of royal power over the clergy and the quality of parish priests improved, since the Ordenanza mandated competitive examination to fill vacant positions. [208][209] Religious orders along with the Jesuits embarked on further evangelization in frontier regions of the empire. The Jesuits resisted crown control, refusing to pay the tithe on their estates that supported the ecclesiastical hierarchy and came into conflict with bishops. The most prominent example is in Puebla, Mexico, when Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza
Juan de Palafox y Mendoza
was driven from his bishopric by the Jesuits. The bishop challenged the Jesuits' continuing to hold Indian parishes and function as priests without the required royal licenses. His fall from power is viewed as an example of the weakening of the crown in the mid-seventeenth century since it failed to protect their duly appointed bishop.[210] The crown expelled the Jesuits from Spain and The Indies in 1767 during the Bourbon Reforms. Cabildos or town councils Main article: Cabildo (council)

Cabildo in the city of Salta
Salta
(Argentina)

Spanish settlers sought to live in towns and cities, with governance being accomplished through the town council or Cabildo. The cabildo was composed of the prominent residents (vecinos) of the municipality, so that governance was restricted to a male elite, with majority of the population exercising power. Cities were governed on the same pattern as in Spain
Spain
and in the Indies the city was the framework of Spanish life. The cities were Spanish and the countryside indigenous.[211] In areas of previous indigenous empires with settled populations, the crown also melded existing indigenous rule into a Spanish pattern, with the establishment of cabildos and the participation of indigenous elites as officials holding Spanish titles. There were a variable number of councilors (regidores), depending on the size of the town, also two municipal judges (alcaldes menores), who were judges of first instance, and also other officials as police chief, inspector of supplies, court clerk, and a public herald.[212] They were in charge of distributing land to the neighbors, establishing local taxes, dealing with the public order, inspecting jails and hospitals, preserving the roads and public works such as irrigation ditchs and bridges, supervising the public health, regulating the festive activities, monitoring market prices, or the protection of Indians.[213][214][215] After the reign of Philip II, the municipal offices, including the councilors, were auctioned to alleviate the need for money of the Crown, even the offices could also be sold, which became hereditary,[216] so that the government of the cities went on to hands of urban oligarchies.[217] In order to control the municipal life, the Crown ordered the appointment of corregidores and alcaldes mayores to exert greater political control and judicial functions in minor districts.[218] Their functions were governing the respective municipalities, administering of justice and being appellate judges in the alcaldes menores' judgments,[219] but only the corregidor could preside over the cabildo.[220] However, both charges were also put up for sale freely since the late 16th century.[221] Most Spanish settlers came to the Indies as permanent residents, established families and businesses, and sought advancement in the colonial system, such as membership of cabildos, so that they were in the hands of local, American-born (crillo) elites. During the Bourbon era, even when the crown systematically appointed peninsular-born Spaniards to royal posts rather than American-born, the cabildos remained in the hands of local elites.[222] Frontier institutions - Presidio
Presidio
and mission Main articles: Presidio
Presidio
and Spanish missions in the Americas

The San Diego presidio in California

As the empire expanded into areas of less dense indigenous populations, the crown created a chain of presidios, military forts or garrisons, that provided Spanish settlers protection from Indian attacks. In Mexico
Mexico
during the sixteenth-century Chichimec War
Chichimec War
guarded the transit of silver from the mines of Zacatecas
Zacatecas
to Mexico
Mexico
City. As many as 60 salaried soldiers were garrisoned in presidios.[223] Presidios had a resident commanders, who set up commercial enterprises of imported merchandise, selling it to soldiers as well as Indian allies.[224] The other frontier institution was the religious mission to convert the indigenous populations. Missions were established with royal authority through the Patronato real. The Jesuits were effective missionaries in frontier areas until their expulsion from Spain
Spain
and its empire in 1767. The Franciscans took over some former Jesuit missions and continued the expansion of areas incorporated into the empire. Although their primary focus was on religious conversion, missionaries served as "diplomatic agents, peace emissaries to hostile tribes ... and they were also expected to hold the line against nomadic nonmissionary Indians as well as other European powers."[225] On the frontier of empire, Indians were seen as sin razón, ("without reason"); non-Indian populations were described as gente de razón ("people of reason"), who could be mixed-race castas or black and had greater social mobility in frontier regions.[226] Royal economic policy, its failure, and reform

Cerro de Potosí, discovered in 1545, the rich, sole source of silver from Peru, worked by compulsory indigenous labor mit'a

The Spanish Empire
Empire
benefited from favorable factor endowments in its overseas possessions with their large, exploitable, indigenous populations and rich mining areas. [227] Given that, the crown attempted to create and maintain a classic, closed mercantile system, warding off competitors and keeping wealth within the empire. It failed for two hundred years under the Hapsburgs. In the eighteenth century the crown attempted to reverse course under the Bourbon monarchs. The crown’s pursuit of wars to maintain and expand territory, defend the Catholic faith and stamp out Protestantism, and beat back Ottoman Turkish strength outstripped its ability to pay for it all, despite the huge production of silver in Peru
Peru
and Mexico. Most of that flow paid mercenary soldiers in the European religious wars in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and into foreign merchants’ hands to pay for the consumer goods manufactured in northern Europe. Paradoxically the wealth of the Indies impoverished Spain
Spain
and enriched northern Europe.[228] This was well recognized in Spain, with writers on political economy, the arbitristas sending the crown lengthy analyses in the form of "memorials, of the perceived problems and with proposed solutions.[229] [230] According to these thinkers, "Royal expenditure must be regulated, the sale of office halted, the growth of the church checked. The tax system must be overhauled, special concessions be made to agricultural laborers, rivers be made navigable and dry lands irrigated. In this way alone could Castile's productivity increased, its commerce restored, and its humiliating dependence on foreigners, on the Dutch and the Genoese, be brought to an end."[231] From the early days of the Caribbean and conquest era, the crown attempted to control trade between Spain
Spain
and the Indies with restrictive policies enforced by the House of Trade (est. 1503) in Seville. Shipping was through particular ports in Spain
Spain
(Seville, subsequently Cadiz), Spanish America
Spanish America
(Veracruz, Acapulco, Havana, Cartagena de Indias, and Callao/Lima) and the Philippines
Philippines
(Manila). Spanish settlers in the Indies in the very early period were few and Spain
Spain
could supply sufficient goods to them. But as the Aztec and Inca empires were conquered in the early sixteenth century and then large deposits of silver found in both Mexico
Mexico
and Peru, the regions of those major empires, Spanish immigration increased and demand for goods rose far beyond Spain’s ability to supply it. Since Spain
Spain
had little capital to invest in the expanding trade and no significant commercial group, bankers and commercial houses in Genoa, Germany, The Netherlands, France, and England
England
supplied both investment capital and goods in a supposedly closed system. Even in the sixteenth century, Spain
Spain
recognized that the idealized closed system did not function in reality. Despite that the crown did not alter its restrictive structure or advocacy of fiscal prudence, despite the urgings of the arbitristas, the Indies trade remained nominally in the hands of Spain, but in fact enriched the other European countries.

Spanish galleon, the mainstay of transatlantic and transpacific shipping, engraving by Albert Durer

The crown established the system of treasure fleets (flota) to protect the conveyance of silver to Seville
Seville
(later Cadiz). Merchants in Seville
Seville
conveyed consumer goods that were registered and taxed by the House of Trade. were sent to the Indies were produced in other European countries. Other European commercial interests came to dominate supply, with Spanish merchant houses and their guilds (consulados) in Spain
Spain
and the Indies acting as mere middlemen, reaping profits a slice of the profits. However, those profits did not promote Spanish economic development of a manufacturing sector, with its economy continuing to be based on agriculture. The wealth of the Indies led to prosperity in northern Europe, particularly The Netherlands
Netherlands
and England, both Protestant. As Spain’s power weakened in the seventeenth century, England, The Netherlands, and the French took advantage overseas by seizing islands in the Caribbean, which became bases for a burgeoning contraband trade in Spanish America. Crown officials who were supposed to suppress contraband trade were quite often in cahoots with the foreigners, since it was a source of personal enrichment. The motor of the Spanish imperial economy that had a global impact was silver mining. The mines in Peru
Peru
and Mexico
Mexico
were in the hands of a few elite mining entrepreneurs, with access to capital and a stomach for the risk mining entailed. They operated under a system of royal licensing, since the crown held the rights to subsoil wealth. Mining entrepreneurs assumed all the risk of the enterprise, while the crown gained a 20% slice of the profits, the royal fifth (“Quinto”). Further adding to the crown’s revenues was mining was that it crown held a monopoly on the supply of mercury, used for separating pure silver from silver ore in the patio process. The crown kept the price high, thereby depressing the volume of silver production.[232] Protecting its flow from Mexico
Mexico
and Peru
Peru
as it transited to ports for shipment to Spain
Spain
resulted early on in a convoy system (the flota) sailing twice a year. Its success can be judged by the fact that the silver fleet was captured only once, in 1628 by Dutch privateer Piet Hein. That loss resulted in the bankruptcy of the Spanish crown and an extended period of economic depression in Spain.[233]

Cover of the English translation of the Asiento
Asiento
contract signed by Britain and Spain
Spain
in 1713 as part of the Utrecht treaty that ended the War of Spanish Succession. The contract granted exclusive rights to Britain to sell slaves in the Spanish Indies.

During the Bourbon era, economic reforms sought to reverse the pattern that left Spain
Spain
impoverished with no manufacturing sector and its colonies’ need for manufactured goods supplied by other nations. It attempted to restructure to establish as closed trading system, but it was hampered by the terms of the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. The treaty ending the War of the Spanish Succession
War of the Spanish Succession
with a victory for the Bourbon French candidate for the throne had a provision for the British to legally trade by a license (asiento) African slaves to Spanish America. The provision undermined the possibility of a revamped Spanish monopoly system. The merchants also used the opportunity to engage in contraband trade of their manufactured goods. Crown policy sought to make legal trade more appealing than contraband by instituting free commerce (comercio libre) in 1778 whereby Spanish American ports could trade with each other and they could trade with any port in Spain. It was aimed at revamping a closed Spanish system and outflanking the increasingly powerful British empire. Silver production revived in the eighteenth century, with production far surpassing the earlier output. The crown reducing the taxes on mercury, meaning that a greater volume of pure silver could be refined. Silver mining
Silver mining
absorbed most available capital in Mexico
Mexico
and Peru, and the crown emphasized the production of precious metals that was sent to Spain. There was some economic development in the Indies to supply food, but a diversified economy did not emerge. [234] The impact of economic reforms of the Bourbon era is difficult to assess, since the Napoleonic invasion of Spain
Spain
and the outbreak of the Spanish American wars of independence ended the Spanish Empire
Empire
as a global power. Ordering Society: social structure and legal status

Depiction of the casta system in Mexico

Codes regulated the status of individuals and groups in the empire in both the civil and religious spheres, with Spaniards (peninsular- and American-born) monopolizing positions of economic privilege and political power. Royal law and Catholicism
Catholicism
codified and maintained hierarchies of class and race, while all were subjects of the crown and mandated to be Catholic.[235] The crown took active steps to establish and maintain Catholicism
Catholicism
by evangelizing the pagan indigenous populations and incorporating them into Christendom. The crown also imposed restrictions on emigration to the Americas, excluding Jews and crypto-Jews, Protestants, and foreigners, using the Casa de Contratación
Casa de Contratación
to vet potential emigres and issue licenses. A central question from the time of first Contact with indigenous populations was their relationship to the crown and to Christianity. Once those issues were resolved theologically, in practice the crown sought to protect its new vassals. It did so by dividing peoples of the Americas
Americas
into the República de Indios, the native populations, and the República de Españoles. The República de Españoles was the entire Hispanic
Hispanic
sector, composed of Spaniards, but also Africans (enslaved and free), as well as mixed-race castas. With the República de Indios, men were explicitly excluded from ordination to the Catholic priesthood and obligation for military service as well as the jurisdiction of the Inquisition. Indians under colonial rule who lived in communities had crown protections, but they were considered legal minors. Indian communities had protections of traditional lands by the creation of community lands that could not be alienated, the fondo legal. They managed their own affairs internally through Indian town government under the supervision of royal officials, the corregidores and alcaldes mayores.

Detail of a gallery of portraits of sovereigns in Peru, showing continuity from Inca emperors to Spanish monarchs. Published in 1744 by Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa
Antonio de Ulloa
in Relación del Viaje a la América Meridional

After the fall of the Aztec and Inca empires, the rulers of the empires were replaced by the Spanish monarchy, while retaining much of the hierarchical indigenous structures. The crown also recognized noble status of elite Indians, giving them exemption from the head-tax and the right to use the nobles title don and doña. Noblemen could serve on cabildos, ride horses, and carry firearms. The crown’s recognition of indigenous elites as nobles meant that these men were incorporated into colonial system with privileges separating them from Indian commoners. Indian noblemen were thus crucial to the governance of the huge indigenous population. Through their continued loyalty to the crown, they maintained their positions of power within their communities but also served as agents of colonial governance. The Spanish Empire’s utilization of local elites to rule large populations that are ethnically distinct from the rulers has long been practiced by earlier empires.[236] Indian caciques were crucial in the early Spanish period, especially when the economy was still based on extracting tribute and labor from commoner Indians who had rendered goods and service to their overlords in the prehispanic period. Caciques mobilized their populations for encomenderos and, later, repartimiento recipients chosen by the crown. The noblemen became the officers of the cabildo in indigenous communities, regulating internal affairs, as well as defending the communities’ rights in court. In Mexico, this was facilitated by the 1599 establishment of the General Indian Court (Juzgado General de Indios), which heard legal disputes in which indigenous communities and individuals were engaged. With legal mechanisms for dispute-resolution, there were relatively few outbreaks of violence and rebellion against crown rule. Eighteenth-century rebellions in long-peaceful areas of Mexico, the Tzeltal Rebellion of 1712 and most spectacularly in Peru
Peru
with the Tupac Amaru Rebellion (1780-81) saw indigenous noblemen leading uprisings against the Spanish state. In the República de Españoles, class and race hierarchies were codified in institutional structures. Spaniards emigrating to The Indies were to be Old Christians of pure Christian heritage, with the crown excluding New Christians, converts from Judaism and their descendants, because of their suspect religious status. The crown established the Inquisition in Mexico
Mexico
and Peru
Peru
in 1571, and later Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
(Colombia), to guard Catholics from the influence of crypto-Jews, Protestants, and foreigners. Church practices established and maintained racial hierarchies by recording baptism, marriage, and burial were kept separate registers for different racial groups. Churches were also physically divided by race.[237]

Auto de Fe in Toledo, Spain
Spain
1651. Civil officials oversaw the corporal punishment of those convicted by the Inquisition in public ceremonies in Spain, Mexico
Mexico
City, and Lima.

Race mixture (mestizaje) was a fact of colonial society, with the three racial groups, European whites (españoles), Africans (negros), and Indians (indios) producing mixed-race offspring, or castas. There was a pyramid of racial status with the apex being the small number of European white (españoles), a slightly larger number of mixed-race castas, who, like the whites were mainly urban dwelling, and the largest populations were Indians living in communities in the countryside. Although Indians were classified as part of the Repúbica de Indios, their offspring of unions with Españoles and Africans were castas. White-Indian mixtures were more socially acceptable in the Hispanic
Hispanic
sphere, with the possibility over generations of mixed-race offspring being classified as Español. Any offspring with African ancestry could never remove the "stain" of their racial heritage, since Africans were seen as “natural slaves.” Eighteenth century paintings depicted the castasistema de castas]] in hierarchical order,[238] but there was some fluidity in the system rather than absolute rigidity.[239] In 1776, the crown attempted to stop marriages between racially unequal partners by issuing the Royal Pragmatic on Marriage, taking approval of marriages away from the couple and placing it in their parents' hands. The criminal justice system in Spanish cities and towns meted out justice depending on the severity of the crime and the class, race, age, health, and gender of the accused. Non-whites (blacks and mixed-race castas) were far more often and more severely punished, while Indians, considered legal minors, were not expected to behave better and were more leniently punished. Royal and municipal legislation attempted to control the behavior of black slaves, who were subject to a curfew, could not carry arms, and were prohibited from running away from their masters. As the urban, white, lower-class (plebeian) population increased, they too were increasingly subject to criminal arrest and punishment. Capital punishment was seldom employed, with the exception of sodomy and recalcitrant prisoners of the Inquisition, whose deviation from Christian orthodoxy was considered extreme. However, only the civil sphere could exercise capital punishment and prisoners were “relaxed,” that is, released to civil authorities. Often criminals served sentences of hard labor in textile workshops (obrajes), presidio service on the frontier, and as sailors on royal ships. Royal pardons to ordinary criminals were often accorded on the celebration of a royal marriage, coronation, or birth.[240][241] Elite Spanish men had access to special corporate protections (fueros) and had exemptions by virtue of their membership in a particular group. One important privilege was their being judged by the court of their corporation. Members of the clergy held the fuero eclesiástico were judged by ecclesiastical courts, whether the offense was civil or criminal. In the eighteenth century the crown established a standing military and with it, special privileges (fuero militar). The privilege extended to the military was the first fuero extended to the non-whites who served the crown. Indians had a form of corporate privilege through their membership in indigenous communities. In central Mexico, the crown established a special Indian court (Juzgado General de Indios), and legal fees, including access to lawyers, were funded by a special tax.[242] The crown extended the peninsular institution of the merchant guild (consulado) first established in Spain, including Seville
Seville
(1543), and later established in Mexico
Mexico
City and Peru. Consulado
Consulado
membership was dominated by peninsular-born Spaniards, usually members of transatlantic commercial houses. The consulados’ tribunals heard disputes over contracts, bankruptcy, shipping, insurance and the like and became a wealthy and powerful economic institution and source of loans to the viceroyalties. [243] Transatlantic trade remained in the hands of mercantile families based in Spain
Spain
and the Indies. The men in the Indies were often younger relatives of the merchants in Spain, who often married wealthy American-born women. American-born Spanish men (criollos) in general did not pursue commerce but instead owned landed estates, entered the priesthood, or became a professional. Within elite families then peninsular-born Spaniards and criollos were often kin.[244] The regulation of the social system perpetuated the privileged status of wealthy elite white men against the vast indigenous populations, and the smaller but still significant number of mixed-race castas. In the Bourbon era, for the first time there was a distinction made between Iberian-born and American-born Spaniards, In the Hapsburg
Hapsburg
era, in law and ordinary speech they were grouped together without distinction. Increasingly American-born Spaniards developed a distinctly local focus, with peninsular-born (peninsulares) Spaniards increasingly seen as outsiders and resented, but this was a development in the late colonial period. Resentment against peninsulares was due to a deliberate change in crown policy, which systematically favored them over American-born criollos for high positions in the civil and religious hierarchies.[245] This left criollos only the membership in a city or town’s cabildo. When the secularizing Bourbon monarchy pursued policies strengthening secular royal power over religious power, it attacked the fuero eclesiástico, which for many members of the lower clergy was a significant privilege. Parish priests who had functioned as royal officials as well as clerics in Indian towns lost their privileged position. At the same time the crown established a standing army and promoted militias for the defense of empire, creating a new avenue of privilege for creole men and for castas. The Spanish Bourbons: reform and recovery (1700–1808) Main article: Enlightenment in Spain

The Battle of Cape Passaro, 11 August 1718

Under the Treaties of Utrecht
Treaties of Utrecht
(11 April 1713), the European powers decided what the fate of Spain
Spain
would be, in terms of the continental balance of power. The French prince Philippe of Anjou, grandchild of Louis XIV
Louis XIV
of France, became the new Bourbon king Philip V. He retained the Spanish overseas empire but ceded the Spanish Netherlands, Naples, Milan, and Sardinia
Sardinia
to Austria; Sicily
Sicily
and parts of Milan
Milan
to the Duchy of Savoy, and Gibraltar
Gibraltar
and Menorca
Menorca
to the Kingdom of Great Britain. The treaty granted the British the exclusive right to slave trading in Spanish America
Spanish America
for thirty years, the asiento, as well as licensed voyages to ports in Spanish colonial dominions, openings, as Fernand Braudel remarked, for both licit and illicit smuggling.[246] Spain's economic and demographic recovery had begun slowly in the last decades of the Habsburg
Habsburg
reign, as was evident from the growth of its trading convoys and the much more rapid growth of illicit trade during the period. (This growth was slower than the growth of illicit trade by northern rivals in the empire's markets.) Critically, this recovery was not then translated into institutional improvement because of the incompetence of the unfortunate last Habsburg. This legacy of neglect was reflected in the early years of Bourbon rule in which the military was ill-advisedly pitched into battle in the War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718–1720). Following the war, the new Bourbon monarchy took a much more cautious approach to international relations, relying on a family alliance with Bourbon France, and continuing to follow a program of institutional renewal. Bourbon reforms Main article: Bourbon Reforms

Representation of the two powers, church and state, symbolized by the altar and the throne, with the presence of the king Carlos III and the Pope Clement XIV, seconded by the Viceroy
Viceroy
and the Archbishop of Mexico, respectively, before the Virgin Mary. "Glorification of the Immaculate Conception," Francisco Antonio Vallejo, National Museum of Art (Mexico).

With the French victory in the War of the Spanish Succession, the Bourbon dynasty was established in Spain
Spain
and its overseas possessions. The Spanish Bourbons' broadest intentions were to reorganize the structures of empire in the military, commercial, and administrative structures to increase revenues and to assert greater crown control, including over the Catholic Church. Centralization of power was to be for the benefit of the crown and the metropole and for the defense of its empire against foreign incursions.[247] From the viewpoint of Spain, the structures of colonial rule under the Hapsburgs were no longer functioning to the benefit of Spain, with much wealth being retained in Spanish America
Spanish America
and leaking to other European powers. The presence of other European powers in the Caribbean, with the English in Barbados
Barbados
(1627), St Kitts
St Kitts
(1623-5), and Jamaica
Jamaica
(1655); the Dutch in Curaçao, and the French in St Domingue (Haiti) (1697), Martinique, and Guadaloupe
Guadaloupe
had broken the integrity of the closed Spanish mercantile system and established thriving sugar colonies.[248][249] At the beginning of his reign, the first Spanish Bourbon, King Philip V, reorganized the government to strengthen the executive power of the monarch as in France, in place of the deliberative, polysynodial system of Councils.[250] Philip's government set up a ministry of the Navy and the Indies (1714) and established commercial companies, the Honduras Company (1714), a Caracas company, the Guipuzcoana Company
Guipuzcoana Company
(1728), and—the most successful one—a Havana
Havana
Company (1740). In 1717–1718, the structures for governing the Indies, the Consejo de Indias and the Casa de Contratación, which governed investments in the cumbersome Spanish treasure fleets, were transferred from Seville to Cádiz. Cádiz
Cádiz
became the one port for all Indies trading (see flota system). Individual sailings at regular intervals were slow to displace the old habit of armed convoys, but by the 1760s there were regular packet ships plying the Atlantic from Cádiz
Cádiz
to Havana
Havana
and Puerto Rico, and at longer intervals to the Río de la Plata, where an additional viceroyalty was created in 1776. The contraband trade that was the lifeblood of the Habsburg
Habsburg
empire declined in proportion to registered shipping (a shipping registry having been established in 1735). Two upheavals registered unease within Spanish America
Spanish America
and at the same time demonstrated the renewed resiliency of the reformed system: the Tupac Amaru uprising in Peru
Peru
in 1780 and the rebellion of the comuneros of New Granada, both in part reactions to tighter, more efficient control. 18th-century prosperity

San Felipe de Barajas Fortress Cartagena de Indias. In 1741, the Spanish defeated a British attack on this fortress in present-day Colombia
Colombia
in the Battle of Cartagena de Indias.

The 18th century was a century of prosperity for the overseas Spanish Empire
Empire
as trade within grew steadily, particularly in the second half of the century, under the Bourbon reforms. Spain's crucial victory in the Battle of Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
against a massive British fleet and army in the Caribbean port of Cartagena de Indias, one of a number of successful battles, helped Spain
Spain
secure its dominance of America until the 19th century. That British Armada was the biggest ever gathered before the Normandy landings which even exceeded in more than 60 ships Philip’s II Great Armada. The British fleet formed by 195 ships, 32,000 soldiers and 3,000 artillery pieces was defeated by the Admiral Blas de Lezo. The Battle of Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
was one of the best Spanish victories against the unsuccessful British attempts to take control of The Spanish Americas. There were many successful battles that helped Spain secure its dominance of America until the 19th century.[251] With a Bourbon monarchy came a repertory of Bourbon mercantilist ideas based on a centralized state, put into effect in America slowly at first but with increasing momentum during the century. Shipping grew rapidly from the mid-1740s until the Seven Years' War
Seven Years' War
(1756–1763), reflecting in part the success of the Bourbons in bringing illicit trade under control. With the loosening of trade controls after the Seven Years' War, shipping trade within the empire once again began to expand, reaching an extraordinary rate of growth in the 1780s. The end of Cádiz's monopoly of trade with America brought about a rebirth of Spanish manufactures. Most notable was the rapidly growing textile industry of Catalonia
Catalonia
which by the mid-1780s saw the first signs of industrialization. This saw the emergence of a small, politically active commercial class in Barcelona. This isolated pocket of advanced economic development stood in stark contrast to the relative backwardness of most of the country. Most of the improvements were in and around some major coastal cities and the major islands such as Cuba, with its plantations, and a renewed growth of precious metals mining in America. On the other hand, most of rural Spain
Spain
and its empire, where the great bulk of the population lived, lived in relatively backward conditions by 18th-century West European standards, reinforced old customs and isolation. Agricultural productivity remained low despite efforts to introduce new techniques to what was for the most part an uninterested, exploited peasant and labouring groups. Governments were inconsistent in their policies. Though there were substantial improvements by the late 18th century, Spain
Spain
was still an economic backwater. Under the mercantile trading arrangements it had difficulty in providing the goods being demanded by the strongly growing markets of its empire, and providing adequate outlets for the return trade. From an opposing point of view according to the "backwardness" mentioned above the naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt travelled extensively throughout the Spanish Americas, exploring and describing it for the first time from a modern scientific point of view between 1799 and 1804. In his work Political essay on the kingdom of New Spain
Spain
containing researches relative to the geography of Mexico, (1811) he says that the Indians of New Spain
Spain
lived in better conditions than any Russian or German peasant in Europe. According to Humboldt despite the fact that Indian farmers were poor, under Spanish rule they were free and slavery was non-existent, their conditions were much better than any other peasant or farmer in the advanced Northern Europe.[252] Humboldt also published a comparative analysis of bread and meat consumption in New Spain
Spain
(México) compared to other cities in Europe such as Paris. The city of México consumed 189 pounds of meat per person per year, in comparison to 163 pounds consumed by the inhabitants of Paris, the Mexicans also consumed almost the same amount of bread as any European city, with 363 kilograms of bread per person per year in comparison to the 377 kilograms consumed in Paris. Caracas consumed seven times more meat per person than in Paris. Von Humboldt also said that the average income in that period was four times the European income and also that the cities of New Spain
Spain
were richer than many European cities.[253] Contesting with other empires

A Spanish army captures British Pensacola in 1781. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris returned all of Florida
Florida
to Spain
Spain
for the return of the Bahamas.

The Spanish empire had still not returned to first-rate power status, but it had recovered and even extended its territories considerably from the dark days at the beginning of the eighteenth century when it was, particularly in continental matters, at the mercy of other powers' political deals. The relatively more peaceful century under the new monarchy had allowed it to rebuild and start the long process of modernizing its institutions and economy, and the demographic decline of the 17th century had been reversed. It was a middle-ranking power with great power pretensions that could not be ignored. But time was to be against it. Military recovery in Europe Bourbon institutional reforms bore fruit militarily when Spanish forces easily retook Naples
Naples
and Sicily
Sicily
from the Austrians in 1734 during War of the Polish Succession, and during the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739–42) thwarted British efforts to seize the strategic cities of Cartagena de Indias
Cartagena de Indias
and Santiago de Cuba
Cuba
by defeating a massive British army and navy[254] led by Edward Vernon, which ended Britain's ambitions in the Spanish Main. Moreover, though Spain
Spain
was severely defeated during the invasion of Portugal
Portugal
and lost some territories to British forces towards the end of the Seven Years' War (1756–63),[255] Spain
Spain
promptly recovered these losses and seized the British naval base in the Bahamas during the American Revolutionary War (1775–83). Alliance with the Thirteen English Colonies Main article: Spain
Spain
and the American Revolutionary War Spain
Spain
contributed to the independence of the British Thirteen Colonies together with France. Despite France
France
taking all the glory, the Spanish intervention in the American Revolution
American Revolution
was decisive. The Spanish governor of Louisiana (New Spain)
Louisiana (New Spain)
Bernardo de Gálvez
Bernardo de Gálvez
carried out an anti-British policy due to the numerous British attacks to take control of the riches of the Spanish Empire
Empire
over the past century. Spain
Spain
and France
France
were allies because of the Bourbon Pacte de Famille carried out by both countries against Britain. Bernardo de Gálvez took measures against British smuggling in the Caribbean sea and promoted trade with France. Under royal order from Charles III of Spain
Spain
Gálvez continued the aid operations to supply the American rebels.[256] The British blockaded the colonial ports of the Thirteen Colonies, and the route from New Orleans up to the Mississippi river was an effective alternative to supply the American rebels. Spain actively supported the thirteen colonies throughout the American Revolutionary War, beginning in 1776 by jointly funding Roderigue Hortalez and Company, which was a trading company that provided critical military supplies, throughout financing the final Siege of Yorktown in 1781 with a collection of gold and silver from Havana.[257] Spanish aid was supplied to the colonies via four main routes:

From French ports with the funding of Roderigue Hortalez and Company; Through the port of New Orleans and up the Mississippi river; From warehouses in Havana; and From Bilbao, through the Gardoqui family trading company, which supplied the patriots with 215 bronze cannon, 30,000 muskets, 30,000 bayonets, 51,314 musket balls, 300,000 pounds of powder, 12,868 grenades, 30,000 uniforms, and 4,000 field tents during the war.[258][259]

The aid from New Orleans began in 1776, when general Charles Lee sent two officers of the Continental Army
Continental Army
to request supplies from the New Orleans governor Luis de Unzaga. Unzaga concerned about overtly antagonizing the British before the Spanish were prepared for war, and they agreed to assist the rebels covertly. Unzaga authorized the shipment of desperately needed gunpowder in a transaction brokered by Oliver Pollock. Bernardo de Gálvez
Bernardo de Gálvez
became governor of New Orleans in January 1777 and continued and expanded supply operations. Benjamin Franklin reported from Paris to the Congressional committee of secret correspondence in March 1777 that the Spanish court quietly granted the rebels direct admission to the rich, previously restricted port of Havana
Havana
under most favored nation status. Franklin also noted in the same report that three thousand barrels of gunpowder were waiting in New Orleans, and that the merchants in Bilbao Had orders to ship for us such necessaries as we might want.[260]

Painting of Gálvez at the Siege of Pensacola
Siege of Pensacola
by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau.

Britain blockaded the American colonies economically, so the American public debt increased dramatically. Spain, through the Gardoqui family, sent 120,000 silver 8 real coin, known as a Spanish dollar, the coin upon which the original United States
United States
dollar was based, and it remained legal tender in the United States
United States
until the coinage act of 1857 (in fact the Spanish dollar
Spanish dollar
or Carolus became the first global currency in the 18th century).[261][262] The American revolutionary army that won the Battles of Saratoga
Battles of Saratoga
was equipped and armed by Spain. Spain
Spain
had the chance to recover territories lost to Britain in the Seven Years' War, specially Florida. Bernardo de Galvez gathered an army from all corners of Spanish America, around 7000 men. The Governor of Spanish Louisiana prepared an offensive against the British at the Gulf Coast campaign to control the lower Mississippi and Florida. Gálvez completed the conquest of West Florida
Florida
in 1781 with the successful Siege of Pensacola.[263] Shortly thereafter, Gálvez conquered New Providence
New Providence
island in the Bahamas, aborting the last British resistance plan, which kept the Spanish dominion over the Caribbean and accelerated the triumph of the American army. Jamaica
Jamaica
was the last British stronghold of importance in the Caribbean. Gálvez organized a landing on the island, however the Peace of Paris (1783)
Peace of Paris (1783)
arrived in that moment. Contestation in Brazil The majority of the territory of today's Brazil
Brazil
had been claimed as Spanish when exploration began with the navigation of the length of the Amazon River
Amazon River
in 1541–42 by Francisco de Orellana. Many Spanish expeditions explored large parts of this vast region, especially those close to Spanish settlements. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Spanish soldiers, missionaries and adventurers also established pioneering communities, primarily in Paraná, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo, and forts on the northeastern coast threatened by the French and Dutch. As Portuguese-Brazilian settlement expanded, following in the trail of the Bandeirantes
Bandeirantes
exploits, these isolated Spanish groups were eventually integrated into Brazilian society. Only some Castilians who were displaced from the disputed areas of the Pampas of Rio Grande do Sul have left a significant influence on the formation of the gaucho, when they mixed with Indian groups, Portuguese and blacks who arrived in the region during the 18th century. The Spanish were barred by their laws from slaving of indigenous people, leaving them without a commercial interest deep in the interior of the Amazon basin. The Laws of Burgos (1512) and the New Laws
New Laws
(1542) had been intended to protect the interests of indigenous people. The Portuguese-Brazilian slavers, the Bandeirantes, had the advantage of access from the mouth of the Amazon River, which was on the Portuguese side of the line of Tordesillas. One famous attack upon a Spanish mission in 1628 resulted in the enslavement of about 60,000 indigenous people.[264] In time, there was in effect a self-funding force of occupation. By the 18th century, much of the Spanish territory was under de facto control of Portuguese-Brazil. This reality was recognized with the legal transfer of sovereignty in 1750 of most of the Amazon basin and surrounding areas to Portugal
Portugal
in the Treaty of Madrid. This settlement sowed the seeds of the Guaraní War
Guaraní War
in 1756. Rival empires in the Pacific Northwest Main article: Spanish expeditions to the Pacific Northwest

Spanish territorial claims on the West Coast of North America in the 18th century, contested by the Russian empire and the British

Spain
Spain
claimed all of North America in the Age of Discovery, but claims were not translated into occupation until a major resource was discovered and Spanish settlement and crown rule put in place. The French had established an empire in northern North America and took some islands in the Caribbean. The English established colonies on the eastern seaboard of North America and in northern North America and some Caribbean islands as well. In the eighteenth century, the Spanish crown realized that its territorial claims needed to be defended, particularly in the wake of its visible weakness during the Seven Years' War when Britain captured the important Spanish ports of Havana and Manila. Another important factor was that the Russian empire had expanded into North America from the mid-eighteenth century, with fur trading settlements in what is now Alaska and forts as far south as Fort Ross, California. Great Britain was also expanding into areas that Spain
Spain
claimed as its territory on the Pacific coast. Taking steps to shore up its fragile claims to California, Spain
Spain
began planning California missions in 1769. Spain
Spain
also began a series of voyages to the Pacific Northwest, where Russia and Great Britain were encroaching on claimed territory. The Spanish expeditions to the Pacific Northwest, with Alessandro Malaspina
Alessandro Malaspina
and others sailing for Spain, came too late for Spain
Spain
to assert its sovereignty in the Pacific Northwest.[265] The Nootka Crisis
Nootka Crisis
(1789–1791) nearly brought Spain and Britain to war. It was a dispute over claims in the Pacific Northwest, where neither nation had established permanent settlements. The crisis could have led to war, but it was resolved in the Nootka Convention, in which Spain
Spain
and Great Britain agreed to not establish settlements and allowed free access to Nootka Sound on the west coast of what is now Vancouver Island. In 1806 Baron Nikolai Rezanov attempted to negotiate a treaty between the Russian-American Company and the Viceroyalty of New Spain, but his unexpected death in 1807 ended any treaty hopes. Spain
Spain
gave up its claims in the West of North America in the Adams-Onis Treaty
Adams-Onis Treaty
of 1819, ceding its rights there to the United States, allowing the U.S. to purchase Florida, and establishing a boundary New Spain
Spain
and the U.S. When the negotiations between the two nations were taking place, Spain's resources were stretched due to the Spanish American wars of independence.[266] Loss of Spanish Louisiana Main article: Louisiana (New Spain)

Spanish Empire
Empire
in 1790. In North America, Spain
Spain
claimed lands west of the Mississippi River and the Pacific coast from California to Alaska, but it did not control them on the ground. The crown constructed missions and presidios in coastal California and sent maritime expeditions to the Pacific Northwest to assert sovereignty.

The growth of trade and wealth in the colonies caused increasing political tensions as frustration grew with the improving but still restrictive trade with Spain. Malaspina's recommendation to turn the empire into a looser confederation to help improve governance and trade so as to quell the growing political tensions between the élites of the empire's periphery and center was suppressed by a monarchy afraid of losing control. All was to be swept away by the tumult that was to overtake Europe at the turn of the 19th century with the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The first major territory Spain
Spain
was to lose in the 19th century was the vast and wild Louisiana Territory, which stretched north to Canada and was ceded by France
France
in 1763 under the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau. The French, under Napoleon, took back possession as part of the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800 and sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Purchase
of 1803. Napoleon's sale of the Louisiana Territory to the United States
United States
in 1803 caused border disputes between the United States
United States
and Spain
Spain
that, with rebellions in West Florida
Florida
(1810) and in the remainder of Louisiana at the mouth of the Mississippi, led to their eventual cession to the United States, Other threats to the Spanish Empire

Churruca's Death, oil on canvas about the Battle of Trafalgar
Battle of Trafalgar
by Eugenio Álvarez Dumont, Prado
Prado
Museum.

The destruction of the main Spanish fleet, under French command, at the Battle of Trafalgar
Battle of Trafalgar
(1805) undermined Spain's ability to defend and hold on to its empire. The British invasions of the Río de la Plata attempted to seize the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata
Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata
in 1806. The viceroy retreated hastily to the hills when defeated by a small British force. However, the Criollos militias and colonial army eventually repulsed the British. The later intrusion of Napoleonic forces into Spain
Spain
in 1808 (see Peninsular War) cut off the effective connection with the empire. A combination of internal and external factors led to the unforeseen loss of most of Spain's empire in the Indies in the Spanish American wars of independence. End of the global empire (1808–1899)

The Second of May 1808: The Charge of the Mamelukes, by Francisco de Goya
Goya
(1814)

In 1808, Napoleon forces invaded the Iberian peninsula, resulting in the evacuation of the Portuguese royal family to Brazil
Brazil
and the abdication of the Spanish King. Napoleon placed his brother, Joseph Bonaparte, on the Spanish throne, provoking an uprising from the Spanish people, the Peninsular War, a grinding guerrilla war that Napoleon dubbed his "ulcer"[citation needed]. The war was famously depicted by the painter Goya). The French invasion also sparked in many places in Spanish America
Spanish America
a crisis of legitimacy of crown rule and movements that resulted in political independence. In Spain, political uncertainty lasted over a decade and turmoil for several decades, civil wars on succession disputes, a republic, and finally a liberal democracy. Resistance coalesced around juntas, emergency ad-hoc governments. A Supreme Central and Governing Junta of the Kingdom, ruling in the name of Ferdinand VII, was created on 25 September to coordinate efforts among the various juntas. Spanish American independence Main articles: Spanish American wars of independence
Spanish American wars of independence
and Junta (Peninsular War)

In North America, Mexico
Mexico
gained independence in 1821, led by Agustin de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero, under the Plan of Iguala.

Juntas emerged in Spanish America
Spanish America
as Spain
Spain
faced a political crisis due to the invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte and abdication of Ferdinand VII. Spanish Americans reacted in much the same way the Peninsular Spanish did, legitimizing their actions through traditional law, which held that sovereignty retroverted to the people in the absence of a legitimate king. The majority of Spanish Americans continued to support the idea of maintaining a monarchy under Ferdinand VII, but did not support retaining absolute monarchy.[citation needed] Spanish Americans wanted self-government. The juntas in the Americas
Americas
did not accept the governments of the Europeans – neither the government set up for Spain
Spain
by the French nor the various Spanish Governments set up in response to the French invasion. The juntas did not accept the Spanish regency, isolated under siege in the city of Cadiz
Cadiz
(1810–1812). They also rejected the Spanish Constitution of 1812
Spanish Constitution of 1812
although the Constitution gave Spanish citizenship to natives of the territories that had belonged to the Spanish monarchy in both hemispheres.[267] The Constitution of 1812
Constitution of 1812
recognised indigenous peoples of the Americas as Spanish citizens. But the acquisition of citizenship for any casta of Afro-American peoples of the Americas
Americas
was through naturalization – excluding slaves.

The Reconquista
Reconquista
of Buenos Aires

The Battle of Ayacucho, 9 December 1824. The defeat of the Spanish army at Ayacucho in Peru
Peru
signalled the end of Spain's empire in South America.

A long period of wars followed in America from 1811 to 1829. In South America this period of wars led to the independence of Argentina (1810), Venezuela
Venezuela
(1810), Chile
Chile
(1810), Paraguay
Paraguay
(1811) and Uruguay (1815, but subsequently ruled by Brazil
Brazil
until 1828). José de San Martín campaigned for independence in Chile
Chile
(1818) and in Peru (1821). Further north, Simón Bolívar
Simón Bolívar
led forces that won independence between 1811 and 1826 for the area that became Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú
Perú
and Bolivia
Bolivia
(then Alto Perú). In North America, a free-thinking secular priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, declared Mexican freedom in 1810 in the Grito de Dolores. Independence was actually won in 1821 by a royalist army officer turned insurgent, Agustín de Iturbide, in alliance with insurgent Vicente Guerrero
Vicente Guerrero
and under the Plan of Iguala. The conservative Catholic hierarchy in New Spain
Spain
supported Mexican independence largely because it found the liberal Spanish Constitution of 1812
Spanish Constitution of 1812
abhorrent. Central America provinces became independent via Mexico's independence in 1821 and joined Mexico
Mexico
for a brief time (1822–23), but they chose their own path when Mexico
Mexico
became a republic. Panama
Panama
declared independence in 1821 and merged with the Republic of Gran Colombia (from 1821 to 1903). Royalist guerrillas continued the war in several countries, and Spain
Spain
launched attempts to retake Venezuela
Venezuela
in 1827 and Mexico
Mexico
in 1829. Spain
Spain
finally abandoned all plans of military re-conquest at the death of King Ferdinand VII
Ferdinand VII
in 1833. Santo Domingo likewise declared independence in 1821 and began negotiating for inclusion in Bolivar's Republic of Gran Colombia, but was quickly occupied by Haiti, which ruled it until an 1844 revolution. After 17 years of independence, in 1861, Santo Domingo was again made a colony due to Haitian aggression, yet by 1865 Santo Domingo again declared independence, making it the only territory which Spain
Spain
recolonized. After 1865, only Cuba
Cuba
and Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
– and on the far side of the globe, the Philippines, Guam
Guam
and nearby Pacific islands – remained under Spanish control in the New World. Remnants of The Indies See also: Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
and German–Spanish Treaty (1899)

The Spanish Empire
Empire
in 1898

In devastated Spain, the post-Napoleonic era created a political vacuum, broke apart any traditional consensus on sovereignty, fragmented the country politically and regionally and unleashed wars and disputes between progressives, liberals and conservatives. The instability inhibited Spain's development, which had started fitfully gathering pace in the previous century. A brief period of improvement occurred in the 1870s when the capable Alfonso XII of Spain
Spain
and his thoughtful ministers succeeded in restoring some vigour to Spanish politics and prestige, but this was cut short by Alfonso's early death. An increasing level of nationalist, anti-colonial uprisings in various colonies culminated with the Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
of 1898, fought primarily over Cuba. Military defeat was followed by the independence of Cuba
Cuba
and the session, for US$20 million, of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam
Guam
to the United States. On 2 June 1899, the second expeditionary battalion "Cazadores" of Philippines
Philippines
the last Spanish garrison in the Philippines, located in Baler, Aurora, was pulled out, effectively ending around 300 years of Spanish hegemony in the archipelago.[268] Its American and Asian presence ended, Spain
Spain
then sold its remaining Pacific Ocean possessions to Germany in 1899, retaining only its African territories. Territories in Africa (1885–1975)

A map of Equatorial Guinea

By the end of the 17th century, only Melilla, Alhucemas, Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera (which had been taken again in 1564), Ceuta
Ceuta
(part of the Portuguese Empire
Empire
since 1415, has chosen to retain its links to Spain
Spain
once the Iberian Union
Iberian Union
ended; the formal allegiance of Ceuta
Ceuta
to Spain
Spain
was recognized by the Treaty of Lisbon
Lisbon
in 1668), Oran
Oran
and Mazalquivir remained as Spanish territory in Africa. The latter cities were lost in 1708, reconquered in 1732 and sold by Charles IV in 1792. In 1778, Fernando Poo Island (now Bioko), adjacent islets, and commercial rights to the mainland between the Niger and Ogooué
Ogooué
Rivers were ceded to Spain
Spain
by the Portuguese in exchange for territory in South America (Treaty of El Pardo). In the 19th century, some Spanish explorers and missionaries would cross this zone, among them Manuel Iradier. In 1848, Spanish troops conquered the Islas Chafarinas.

The Earl of Reus at the Battle of Tétouan

In 1860, after the Tetuan War, Morocco
Morocco
ceded Sidi Ifni
Sidi Ifni
to Spain
Spain
as a part of the Treaty of Tangiers, on the basis of the old outpost of Santa Cruz de la Mar Pequeña, thought to be Sidi Ifni. The following decades of Franco-Spanish collaboration resulted in the establishment and extension of Spanish protectorates south of the city, and Spanish influence obtained international recognition in the Berlin Conference of 1884: Spain
Spain
administered Sidi Ifni
Sidi Ifni
and Western Sahara
Western Sahara
jointly. Spain
Spain
claimed a protectorate over the coast of Guinea from Cape Bojador to Cap Blanc, too. Río Muni
Río Muni
became a protectorate in 1885 and a colony in 1900. Conflicting claims to the Guinea mainland were settled in 1900 by the Treaty of Paris. Following a brief war in 1893, Spain
Spain
expanded its influence south from Melilla. In 1911, Morocco
Morocco
was divided between the French and Spanish. The Rif Berbers rebelled, led by Abdelkrim, a former officer for the Spanish administration. The Battle of Annual
Battle of Annual
(1921) during the Rif
Rif
War was a sudden, grave, and almost fatal, military defeat suffered by the Spanish army against Moroccan insurgents. A leading Spanish politician emphatically declared: "We are at the most acute period of Spanish decadence".[269]

Spanish officers in Africa in 1920

After the disaster of Annual the Alhucemas landing
Alhucemas landing
took place in September 1925 at the bay of Alhucemas. The Spanish Army and Navy with a small collaboration of an allied French contingent put an end to the Rif
Rif
War. It is considered the first successful amphibious landing in history supported by seaborne air power and tanks.[270] In 1923, Tangier was declared an international city under French, Spanish, British, and later Italian joint administration. In 1926 Bioko
Bioko
and Rio Muni were united as the colony of Spanish Guinea, a status that would last until 1959. In 1931, following the fall of the monarchy, the African colonies became part of the Second Spanish Republic. In 1934, during the government of Prime Minister Alejandro Lerroux, Spanish troops led by General Osvaldo Capaz landed in Sidi Ifni
Sidi Ifni
and carried out the occupation of the territory, ceded de jure by Morocco
Morocco
in 1860. Five years later, Francisco Franco, a general of the Army of Africa, rebelled against the republican government and started the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
(1936–39). During the Second World War the Vichy French
Vichy French
presence in Tangier was overcome by that of Francoist Spain. Spain
Spain
lacked the wealth and the interest to develop an extensive economic infrastructure in its African colonies during the first half of the 20th century. However, through a paternalistic system, particularly on Bioko
Bioko
Island, Spain
Spain
developed large cocoa plantations for which thousands of Nigerian workers were imported as laborers.

Morocco
Morocco
and Spanish territories.

In 1956, when French Morocco
Morocco
became independent, Spain
Spain
surrendered Spanish Morocco
Morocco
to the new nation, but retained control of Sidi Ifni, the Tarfaya
Tarfaya
region and Spanish Sahara. Moroccan Sultan
Sultan
(later King) Mohammed V was interested in these territories and invaded Spanish Sahara in 1957 (The Ifni
Ifni
War, or, in Spain, the Forgotten War, la Guerra Olvidada). In 1958, Spain
Spain
ceded Tarfaya
Tarfaya
to Mohammed V and joined the previously separate districts of Saguia el-Hamra
Saguia el-Hamra
(in the north) and Río de Oro
Río de Oro
(in the south) to form the province of Spanish Sahara. In 1959, the Spanish territory on the Gulf of Guinea
Gulf of Guinea
was established with a status similar to the provinces of metropolitan Spain. As the Spanish Equatorial Region, it was ruled by a governor general exercising military and civilian powers. The first local elections were held in 1959, and the first Equatoguinean representatives were seated in the Spanish parliament. Under the Basic Law of December 1963, limited autonomy was authorized under a joint legislative body for the territory's two provinces. The name of the country was changed to Equatorial Guinea. In March 1968, under pressure from Equatoguinean nationalists and the United Nations, Spain
Spain
announced that it would grant the country independence. In 1969, under international pressure, Spain
Spain
returned Sidi Ifni
Sidi Ifni
to Morocco. Spanish control of Spanish Sahara
Spanish Sahara
endured until the 1975 Green March
Green March
prompted a withdrawal, under Moroccan military pressure. The future of this former Spanish colony remains uncertain. The Canary Islands
Canary Islands
and Spanish cities in the African mainland are considered an equal part of Spain
Spain
and the European Union
European Union
but have a different tax system without Value Added Tax. Morocco
Morocco
still claims Ceuta, Melilla, and plazas de soberanía even though they are internationally recognized as administrative divisions of Spain
Spain
(despite Plazas de Soberania which is a territory of Spain). Isla Perejil
Isla Perejil
was occupied on 11 July 2002 by Moroccan Gendarmerie and troops, who were evicted by Spanish naval forces in a bloodless operation. Legacy

The Cathedral of Lima
Lima
is a legacy of the Spanish settlement in that city.

Although the Spanish Empire
Empire
declined from its apogee in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, it remained a wonder for other Europeans for its sheer geographical span. Writing in 1738, English poet Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
questioned, "Has heaven reserved, in pity to the poor,/No pathless waste or undiscovered shore,/No secret island in the boundless main,/No peaceful desert yet unclaimed by Spain?"[271] The Spanish Empire
Empire
left a huge linguistic, religious, political, cultural, and urban architectural legacy in the Western Hemisphere. With over 470 million native speakers today, Spanish is the second most spoken native language in the world, as result of the introduction of the language of Castile—Castilian, "Castellano" —from Iberia to Spanish America, later expanded by the governments of successor independent republics. In the Philippines, the Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
(1898) brought the islands under U.S. jurisdiction, with English being taught in schools and becoming a second official language with Spanish.

The Cathedral of Mexico
Mexico
City is the largest cathedral in Spanish America, built on the ruins of the Aztec central plaza.

An important cultural legacy of the Spanish empire overseas is Roman Catholicism, which remains the main religious faith in Spanish America and the Philippines. Christian evangelization of indigenous peoples was a key responsibility of the crown and a justification for its imperial expansion. Although indigenous were considered neophytes and insufficiently mature in their faith for indigenous men to be ordained to the priesthood, the indigenous were part of the Catholic community of faith. Catholic orthodoxy enforced by the Inquisition, particularly targeting crypto-Jews and Protestants. Not until after their independence in the nineteenth century did Spanish American republics allow religious toleration of other faiths. Observances of Catholic holidays often have strong regional expressions and remain important in many parts of Spanish America. Observances include Day of the Dead, Carnival, Holy Week, Corpus Christi, Epiphany, and national saints' days, such as the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico. Politically, the colonial era has strongly influenced modern Spanish America. The territorial divisions of the empire in Spanish America became the basis for boundaries between new republics after independence and for state divisions within countries. With no colonial precedent for democracy or a legislative branch of government, the executive power is stronger than legislative power. The idea that government should benefit those at the top and that public office is a source of enrichment for officeholders is a legacy of the colonial era.[272] Hundreds of towns and cities in the Americas
Americas
were founded during the Spanish rule, with the colonial centers and buildings of many of them now designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
attracting tourists. The tangible heritage includes universities, forts, cities, cathedrals, schools, hospitals, missions, government buildings and colonial residences, many of which still stand today. A number of present-day roads, canals, ports or bridges sit where Spanish engineers built them centuries ago. The oldest universities in the Americas
Americas
were founded by Spanish scholars and Catholic missionaries. The Spanish Empire
Empire
also left a vast cultural and linguistic legacy. The cultural legacy is also present in the music, cuisine, and fashion, some of which have been granted the status of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The long colonial period in Spanish America
Spanish America
resulted in a mixing of indigenous peoples, Europeans, and Africans that were classified by race and hierarchically ranked, favoring white Europeans.

A painting showing a Spanish man with a Native American wife and their child. Mixed-race European Amerindians were referred to as Mestizos.

In concert with the Portuguese Empire, the Spanish Empire
Empire
laid the foundations of a truly global trade by opening up the great trans-oceanic trade routes and the exploration of unknown territories and oceans for the western knowledge. The Spanish Dollar
Spanish Dollar
became the world's first global currency. One of the features of this trade was the exchange of a great array of domesticated plants and animals between the Old World and the New in the Columbian Exchange. Some cultivars that were introduced to America included grapes, wheat, barley, apples and citrous fruits; animals that were introduced to the New World
New World
were horses, donkeys, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. The Old World received from America such things as maize, potatoes, chili peppers, tomatoes, tobacco, beans, squash, cacao (chocolate), vanilla, avocados, pineapples, chewing gum, rubber, peanuts, cashews, Brazil
Brazil
nuts, pecans, blueberries, strawberries, quinoa, amaranth, chia, agave and others. The result of these exchanges was to significantly improve the agricultural potential of not only in America, but also that of Europe and Asia. Diseases brought by Europeans and Africans, such as smallpox, measles, typhus, and others, devastated indigenous populations that had no immunity, with syphilis the exchange from the New World
New World
to Old. There were also cultural influences, which can be seen in everything from architecture to food, music, art and law, from Southern Argentina and Chile
Chile
to the United States
United States
of America together with the Philippines. The complex origins and contacts of different peoples resulted in cultural influences coming together in the varied forms so evident today in the former colonial areas. The marriage between Luisa de Abrego, a free black domestic servant from Seville
Seville
and Miguel Rodríguez, a white Segovian conquistador in 1565 in St. Augustine (Spanish Florida), is the first known and recorded Christian marriage anywhere in the continental United States.[273] See also

Bourbon Reforms Colonialism Historiography of Colonial Spanish America History of Spain History of the Americas History of the Philippines
Philippines
(1521–1898) Latin American economy Monarchy of Spain New Spain Patronato real Spain
Spain
in the 17th century Spain
Spain
in the 18th century Spanish colonization of the Americas Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire Spanish American wars of independence Spanish–American War Viceroyalty of Mexico Viceroyalty of New Granada Viceroyalty of Peru Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata Martín Cortés (son of Malinche)

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Colonialism
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Spain
portal New Spain
Spain
portal

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Portugal
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Treaty of Alcáçovas
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Treaty of Alcáçovas
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Atlantic Ocean
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Mare clausum
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Portugal
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Treaty of Alcáçovas
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Treaty of Tordesillas
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Became a World Power 1492-1793, pp. 237, 485. ^ Salvucci, Linda K. " Adams-Onis Treaty
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Timeline

Catholic Monarchs Habsburgs Golden Age Encomiendas New Laws
New Laws
in favour of the indigenous Expulsion of the Moriscos Ottoman– Habsburg
Habsburg
wars French Wars of Religion Eighty Years' War Portuguese Restoration War Piracy
Piracy
in the Caribbean Bourbons Napoleonic invasion Independence of Spanish continental Americas Liberal constitution Carlist Wars Spanish–American War German–Spanish Treaty (1899) Spanish Civil War Independence of Morocco
Morocco
( Western Sahara
Western Sahara
conflict)

Territories

Kingdoms of Naples, Sicily
Sicily
and Sardinia Milan Union with Holy Roman Empire Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, northernmost France Franche-Comté Union with Portugal Philippines East Pacific (Guam, Mariana, Caroline, Palau, Marshall, Micronesia, Moluccas) Northern Taiwan Tidore Florida New Spain
Spain
(Western United States, Mexico, Central America, Spanish Caribbean) Spanish Louisiana (Central United States) Coastal Alaska Haiti Belize Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago Venezuela, Western Guyana New Granada (Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, a northernmost portion of Brazilian Amazon) Peru
Peru
(Peru, Acre) Río de la Plata
Río de la Plata
(Argentina, Paraguay, Charcas (Bolivia), Banda Oriental (Uruguay), Falkland Islands) Chile Equatorial Guinea North Africa (Oran, Tunis, Béjaïa, Peñón of Algiers, Western Sahara, Spanish Morocco, Ifni
Ifni
and Cape Juby)

Administration

Archivo de Indias Council of the Indies Cabildo Trial of residence Laws of the Indies Royal Decree of Graces School of Salamanca Exequatur Papal bull

Administrative subdivisions

Viceroyalties

New Spain New Granada Perú Río de la Plata

Audiencias

Bogotá Buenos Aires Caracas Charcas Concepción Cusco Guadalajara Guatemala Lima Manila Mexico Panamá Quito Santiago Santo Domingo

Captaincies General

Chile Cuba Guatemala Philippines Puerto Rico Santo Domingo Venezuela Yucatán Provincias Internas

Governorates

Castilla de Oro Cuba Luisiana New Andalusia
Andalusia
(1501–1513) New Andalusia New Castile New Navarre New Toledo Paraguay Río de la Plata

Economy

Currencies

Dollar Real Maravedí Escudo Columnario

Trade

Manila
Manila
galleon Spanish treasure fleet Casa de Contratación Guipuzcoan Company of Caracas Barcelona
Barcelona
Trading Company Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Military

Armies

Tercio Army of Flanders Free Company of Volunteers of Catalonia Indian auxiliaries Spanish Armada Legión

Strategists

Duke of Alba Antonio de Leyva Martín de Goiti Alfonso d'Avalos García de Toledo Osorio Duke of Savoy Álvaro de Bazán the Elder John of Austria Charles Bonaventure de Longueval Pedro de Zubiaur Ambrosio Spinola Bernardo de Gálvez

Sailors

Christopher Columbus Pinzón brothers Ferdinand Magellan Juan Sebastián Elcano Juan de la Cosa Juan Ponce de León Miguel López de Legazpi Pedro Menéndez de Avilés Sebastián de Ocampo Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca Alonso de Ojeda Vasco Núñez de Balboa Alonso de Salazar Andrés de Urdaneta Antonio de Ulloa Ruy López de Villalobos Diego Columbus Alonso de Ercilla Nicolás de Ovando Juan de Ayala Sebastián Vizcaíno Juan Fernández Felipe González de Ahedo

Conquistadors

Hernán Cortés Francisco Pizarro Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada Hernán Pérez de Quesada Francisco Vázquez de Coronado Diego Velázquez
Diego Velázquez
de Cuéllar Pedro de Valdivia Gaspar de Portolà Pere Fages i Beleta Joan Orpí Pedro de Alvarado Martín de Ursúa Diego de Almagro Pánfilo de Narváez Diego de Mazariegos Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera Pere d'Alberní i Teixidor

Battles

Old World

Won

Bicocca Landriano Pavia Tunis Mühlberg St. Quentin Gravelines Malta Lepanto Antwerp Azores Mons Gembloux Ostend English Armada Cape Celidonia White Mountain Breda Nördlingen Valenciennes Ceuta Bitonto Bailén Vitoria Tetouan Alhucemas

Lost

Capo d'Orso Preveza Siege of Castelnuovo Algiers Ceresole Djerba Tunis Spanish Armada Leiden Rocroi Downs Montes Claros Passaro Trafalgar Somosierra Annual

New World

Won

Tenochtitlan Cajamarca Cusco Bogotá savanna Reynogüelén Penco Guadalupe Island San Juan Cartagena de Indias Cuerno Verde Pensacola

Lost

La Noche Triste Tucapel Chacabuco Carabobo Ayacucho Guam Santiago de Cuba Manila
Manila
Bay Asomante

Spanish colonizations

Canary Islands Aztec Maya

Chiapas Yucatán Guatemala Petén

El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua Chibchan Nations Colombia Peru Chile

Other civil topics

Spanish missions in the Americas Architecture Mesoamerican codices Cusco painting tradition Indochristian painting in New Spain Quito painting tradition Colonial universities in Latin America Colonial universities in the Philippines General Archive of the Indies Colonial Spanish Horse Castas Old inquisition Slavery in Spanish Empire British and American slaves granted their freedom by Spain

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