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Defining NationsImmigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America$
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Tamar Herzog

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092530

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092530.001.0001

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Naturaleza: From Castile to Spanish America

Naturaleza: From Castile to Spanish America

(p.94) 5 Naturaleza: From Castile to Spanish America
Defining Nations

Tamar Herzog

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how the Spanish king began regulating the relationship between the Old World and the New World. In a series of laws dating from the early sixteenth century, the crown instituted a legal monopoly: only natives of the kingdoms of Spain could immigrate, settle, and trade in Spanish America. In the following decades, the presence of foreigners in Spanish America set about an endless chain of royal decrees demanding that local authorities locate these illegal immigrants and expel them from the continent. As a result of these measures, whenever people wanted to immigrate or trade in the New World, and whenever they were included in lists of foreigners to be expelled, a conflict arose that could be resolved only through their formal classification as natives or foreigners.

Keywords:   legal monopoly, Spanish king, Old World, New World, Spanish America, illegal immigrants, foreigners

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