Hi! I'm María.
Today in social sciences class we have seen the reigns of Charles III and Charles IV.
First they have explained us about Charles III.
Before being king of Spain he was king of Naples for 20 years where he received the influence of enlightenment so he had enlightened ministers (Esquilache, Grimaldi, Floridablanca...). In 1766 happened the Esquilache riots: Charles III had a reform program. His prime minister started the reforms, but the privileges saw these reforms as an attack to their privileges. In 1766 Esquilache issued a decree ordering to cut out cloaks and hats to avoid criminals' impunity. These decree was the excuse used by privileged to instigate the revolt against Esquilache, taking advantage of their discontent, due to the high prices of revolt.
The consequences of these reforms were; all these reforms had a possitive effect in demography but a bad effect in economy (production increased and so did the population but the majority continued to be poor)
He also do other reforms in economy (liberalization with the trade with the indies, colonization of new lands, suport of economic societies...), in educational (creation of primary school and reform of universities), in administration (reinforcement of the authority of the king over the Church, the king declaring the honesty of all professions...) and limited the privileges of the Mesta.
At the end of the class she has explained us a little about Charles IV; he was the son of Charles IV, he wasn't able to government, at first he followed the advices of his father like had the ministers that he told him but later he did changed them.
Paqui says that he has some similarities with Jonh Charles I
Also we have listened to some of our songs about ancient regime, enlightenment, independece of USA, succesion war....