The History of Spain and Portugal Volume 5

The History of Spain and Portugal Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Incas had little difficulty in collecting 60,000 men, with whom he took the field. Had England at this time assisted the colonists, there would have been retribution in the policy: but the retaliation was reserved for our own days. Tupac, the Peruvian leader was defeated and taken prisoner; the insurgents were dispersed. But the discontent, or, we might rather say, the aspiring spirit, of the people was only smothered: they laid down, their arms, with the sole view of resuming them at a more favourable opportunity. The remaining foreign transactions of Carlos may be shortly dismissed. His treaty with the sultan of Constantinople and with the Barbary states freed his subjects from piratical depredations, and procured them Authorities: --Coxe; the historians of the reign of George II I.; and the French memoirs. commercial advantages in the Mediterranean superior to those enjoyed by any other European power. In Portugal, where his influence was confirmed by the marriage of his daughter Carlota with the infante Joam, afterwards Joam VI., he procured from the French a share in the commercial advantages which had been hitherto exclusively enjoyed by the English. In an equal degree was the English influence impaired in Holland by the ascendency of the Bourbon courts. That power, under its imbecile monarch, and amid the fury of corrupt contending factions, seemed sunk for ever. At this period, --a period of unutterable disgrace to the rulers of this country, --Carlos did not fail to renew his demands for the cession of Gibraltar; and, though he found that the people would not consent to a further degradation of the national honour and interests, he wrested from the ministry most of the' commercial privileges which during two centuries more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236984684
  • 9781236984685