This week´s challenge will make you discover some interesting facts about Charles III´s reign and the origins of the French Revolution:
Charles III of Spain
The colonization of new lands was one of the reforms made during Charles III´s rule. Charles III decided to repopulate some sparsely populated regions of Spain, such as Sierra Morena and the Guadalquivir Valley. He wanted to enlarge the cultivated areas and end with banditry. New settlements were created and the consequences of this repopulation are still evident in these places even today. Write at least three of these new towns and explain where the new colonists came from.
The person in charge of this settlement project was one of the most important Spanish enlightened thinkers. Who was this person? Why did he lose his post in 1775? Why was he in France in the first moments of the French Revolution?
As we have studied today, France was going through a big economic crisis in the years before the Revolution. Some Louis XVI´s ministers proposed reforms to collect more taxes and reduce the increasing deficit. Who were these ministers and why weren´t their projects put into practice?
Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI´s wife, was partly responsible for the dismissal of one of the ministers who proposed a reform of the economic system of the Ancien Régime. He was also an important economist and he´s considered to be one of the precursors of economic liberalism. Who was this minister?
Queen Marie Antoinette of France
Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI´s wife, belonged to an important dynasty. Which one?
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette got married in 1770, but they didn´t consummate their marriage until 1777. Why?
Why did Marie Antoinette become so unpopular in France? How was she called by the people?