Afrancesados


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Afrancesados

 

those who supported French rule in Spain during the country’s occupation by the troops of Napoleon I and collaborated with the occupation forces. The afrancesados were motley in composition, ranging from opponents of Spanish absolutism, who hoped for the introduction of progressive reforms, to office seekers, who expected good jobs and material gains. The popular masses regarded the afrancesados with hostility, and there were instances when afrancesados were murdered by mobs. The rights of the afrancesados were severely limited first by the Cádiz Cortes (1810–13) and then by Ferdinand VII, who returned from French captivity in 1814. Gradually, decrees against the afrancesados were rarely enforced, however, and in 1820 amnesty was granted.

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The population of Navarre, therefore, had much that was worth defending--and it was a target for the Napoleonic reforms which the French and their Spanish allies, the afrancesados who supported Joseph Bonaparte, tried to impose.
One is left wondering whether Esdaile might not have thrown at least one clean baby out with the murky bathwater: if it is true that the guerrillas' military contribution to the war against France was minimal, then there is, one suspects, still mileage in the argument that the very chaos wreaked by bandits and partidas alike discouraged the French and the afrancesados from establishing the regular structures of law and administration in many parts of Spain.
In Mexico, this impulse can be associated with the afrancesados of the nineteenth century.
44) Embora classificado por alguns de afrancesado, o jurista tornou-se, entao, membro de uma regencia aliada a Inglaterra e como tal seguiu auxiliando ate 1820 a mesma monarquia absoluta que tanto servira anteriormente.