Bayonne Constitution of 1808

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Bayonne Constitution of 1808

 

the constitution granted to Spain by Napoleon I and accepted by the Bayonne Cortes on July 7. The Bayonne Constitution declared Spain a constitutional monarchy with a senate, state council, cortes, and a single tolerated religion—Catholicism. Of the 172 deputies to the Cortes, 80 were appointed by the king. The rights of the cortes were not precisely defined. The Bayonne Constitution limited the law of primogeniture, abolished internal tariffs and established a single tax system, liquidated feudal legal procedures, introduced a single code of civil and criminal law for Spain and its colonies, and proclaimed freedom of development for agriculture and industry in the colonies. The aim of the Bayonne Constitution was to draw the Spanish to the side of Napoleon and mask his de facto supremacy in Spain.

REFERENCE

Conard, P. La Constitution de Bayonne (1808). . . . [Paris,] 1910.
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