Spain and Portugal 1789 CE

Spain has become virtually a satellite of France.

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What is happening in Spain and Portugal in 1789CE

Spain has had a Bourbon king since 1713, and in many ways has become a satellite of France, at least so far as foreign policy is concerned. The Treaty of Utrecht (1713) granted Gibraltar to Britain, and Spain’s attempts to regain Gibraltar and other losses were defeated by Britain and her allies in 1720.

After a period of decline lasting until the mid-18th century, Spain has experienced governmental reform and economic revival.

The 18th century has been a period of prosperity for Portugal. The country has enjoyed stable, if autocratic, government and increasing prosperity, boosted by rising wealth from Brazil. However, a catastrophic earthquake all but destroyed Lisbon in 1755. The prompt action of the capable minister, Marquis de Pombal, alleviated the situation and Lisbon was rebuilt as one of the most enchanting capitals in Europe.

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