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“We Are Now the True Spaniards”Sovereignty, Revolution, Independence, and the Emergence of the Federal Republic of Mexico, 1808-1824$
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Jaime Rodriguez O.

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778305

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778305.001.0001

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The Collapse of the Spanish Monarchy

The Collapse of the Spanish Monarchy

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(p.34) Chapter 2 The Collapse of the Spanish Monarchy
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“We Are Now the True Spaniards”
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778305.003.0003

This chapter places the 1808 French invasion of Spain within the broader context of the eighteenth-century international conflicts among European powers and the major transformation of the Atlantic World in the second half of the century. It examines the impact of the political crisis caused by the French invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in 1808 and the destruction of the Spanish Monarchy. It also analyzes the similar responses of Spain and New Spain to the crisis; the attempts of novohispanos to establish an autonomous government in the name of the king; and the golpe de estado (overthrow of the government) by a few European Spaniards to prevent the formation of a congress of cities in that kingdom.

Keywords:   French invasion, Spain, international conflicts, Iberian Peninsula, golpe de estado

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