As I´m going on strike (again) tomorrow, here you have this week´s challenge questions. If you answer them, you will learn something more about the first Bourbons in Spain.
Cadastre is a Catalan word used to refer to the single tax imposed in Catalonia by Philip V. This tax was part of the punishments imposed by Philip V to the territories of the former Crown of Aragon and its objective was to make tax collection more efficient and to balance the Aragonese contributions to the State finances with the Castilian contributions. The unique tax was called cadastre in Catalonia. How was this single tax called in Aragon, Valencia and Mallorca?
The Marquis of Ensenada had the idea of extending the cadastre to Castile. Ensenada was one of Ferdinand VI´s most important and influential secretaries. However, he made a decision that could be considered racist today. He ordered the arrest of all the member of a minority community. What was this community?
Zenón de Somodevilla y Bengoechea, Marquis of Ensenada
Some years later Ensenada was arrested and exiled, first in Granada and later in El Puerto de Santa María. Why?
There is a royal pantheon in El Escorial, where all the kings of the Hispanic Monarchy and Spain since Philip II have been buried. Why wasn´t King Ferdinand VI buried there? Where is he buried?
The first population census in Spain was made during Charles III´s reign. How is this census known? According to this census, how many people lived in Spain at the end of the 18th century?
Why didn´t Charles III´s firstborn male son reign in Spain?