Las fuerzas defensivas virreinales

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During the first half of the 18th century, the Spanish crown's defensive strategy in the Americas combined the reform and modernization of the permanent garrisons of fortified ports, the deployment of troops from the Iberian Peninsula to strengthen American strongholds, and the appointment of experienced military officers as governors of strategic provinces. While this strategy proved successful during the War of Jenkins's Ear, it failed to address a series of long-standing problems: a chronic scarcity of soldiers and weapons, frequent delays in the payment of defensive subsidies, and an overreliance on poorly organised and undisciplined militias as the only line of defence in large parts of Spanish America.

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Translated title of the contributionViceregal defensive forces
Original languageSpanish
Number of pages5
JournalDesperta Ferro. Historia Moderna
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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