Today in Social Sciences we have entered and Paqui had a power point presentation of the Enlightened Despotism. She wanted to start the class as quickly as possible. At firts Paqui has reviewed our homework about the Esquilache riots, enlightened reforms of Charles III and the limitations of that reforms. The exercises were 21, 22 and 23 of the page 11. The first exercise (ex.21) was corrected by Raquel Ortiz. It was about the Esquilache Riots:
The privileged took advantage of people´s discontent due to the high prices of staples and public order ordinances and instigated a revolt against Esquilache, the main Secretary of Charles III´s goverment. The riots lasted for three days and finally Charles III dismissed Esquilache.
Paqui has also said something about the expulsion of the Jesuits because they were accused of having instigated the riots and their direct obedience to the Pope.
Afther that, Paqui has gone to the blog to explain something about Esquilache. She has said that he created the first lottery and the prices liberty. Then Carmen Lucía has corrected the exercise number 22 about the Charles III´s reforms. Some important reforms were:
-Reinforcement of the king´s authority over the church.
-Creation of primary schools and report of universities.
-Expulsion of Jesuits.
-Colonization of new lands.
-Limitation of the privileges of the Mesta.
-Liberalization of the prices of wheat.
-Support of Economic Societies of the Friends of the Country in promotion of agriculture, industry and trade.
-Decree declaring the honesty of all professions.
-Liberalization of trade with the Indies.
-Tariff to protect the national industry from the foreign competition.
After that, someone has talked about Gandia Shore (reality show) and Paqui said that she doesn´t like it.
At the end of the class, we have known Charles III´s heir: his son Charles IV but we didn´t finish it. Paqui also said that on Friday we are going to decide the date of the exam. He was like the king Juan Carlos I. Paqui also has said that Charles IV had 13 sons. Paqui has said that he was Stupid.
- Staple: all the basic products, cereals, potatoes...
- To store: almacenar.
- Hoarder: Speculator who accumulates products to take advance and increase their prices when they are starce.
- To instigate: instigar, azuzar.
- For a while: por un tiempo.
- Mesta: Stockbreeders.
- Riots: Motín.
- Rioter: Amotinando.
- Dishonest: Desonesto.
- Scapegoat: Chivo expiatorio.
- Privilege of passing: Privilegio de paso.
- Economic help: subvenciones.
- Report: Informe.
And that´s all. See you in the next programme!!