Political relations between Spain and Great Britain during the reign of Ferdinand VII (1808–1833)
Chapter VI: The problem of Hispanic America continued.Resuming the project of British mediation in the Spanish colonies and the treaty of 1817 that abolished the slave trade
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The problem of Hispanic America continued.Resuming the project of British mediation in the Spanish colonies and the treaty of 1817 that abolished the slave trade
The end of the Spanish War of Independence and the re-enthronement of Ferdinand VII by no means changed Great Britain’s stance on the problem of the revolted American colonies. The idea of mediation aimed first and foremost at restoring Madrid to real power over the entire empire, thereby protecting it from the influence of third states as well as guaranteeing British merchants the right to trade with Hispanic America directly and legally, as outlined by Marquess Wellesley as early as in 1810, from 1812 onwards it found a genuine and tenacious promoter in Castlereagh. And though the highly promising idea could not be carried out on the peninsula when the reins of government were assumed by the constitutionalists of Cadiz, the concept for British mediation, invariably peaceful and opposed to armed intervention, had support during Castlereagh’s full incumbency at the Foreign Office. Of course, the changing circumstances and, above all, Madrid’s position beyond the ocean, deteriorating nearly year by year, accompanied by the accelerating activity of the third countries, for instance, of the United States, Russia or France, with regard to the problem of Hispanic America, caused that the way the very essence and – before anything – the purpose of the mediation were construed from the perspective of London’s policy also underwent change. In the course of...
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