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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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Conclusions and Afterthoughts

Conclusions and Afterthoughts

(p.201) 9 Conclusions and Afterthoughts
Defining Nations

Tamar Herzog

Yale University Press

This book concludes by presenting the problems regarding immigrants in Spanish America, such as how to distinguish good immigrants from bad, and who has the authority to make this decision. The question of which immigrants should be accepted and which should not was important to early modern Spaniards. The distinction between citizens and noncitizens, natives and foreigners was ultimately presented as an opposition between goodwilled people who were integrated into the community, wished to remain in it permanently, and were willing to comply with its duties and bad-intentioned people who did not. These latter were transients who refused to tie themselves permanently to the community, avoided integration into it, and wished only to benefit from privileges.

Keywords:   immigrants, early modern Spaniards, citizens, noncitizens, natives, foreigners, goodwilled people, bad-intentioned people

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