Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Reyes absolutos y ciudades leales: las proclamaciones de Fernando VI en la Nueva España

Víctor Mínguez


During the Ancient Regime the royal celebrations transformed the cities into a big public stage on which the fascinating spectacle of the power of the king was represented.
Art and propaganda were combined in order to transform these urban festive celebrations into political events to support the monarchy.
Among the royal hispanic ceremonies, the proclamation or the ceremony of pledge holds a special interest.
This paper analyses the icons and symbols of pledges to Fernando VII in the cities of México, Mérida, Guadalajara, and Durango. These examples of the eighteenth century, in comparison to those in Puebla de los Angeles and Xalapa, leads us to interesting conclusions about the Mexican evolution of this ceremony model and about the royalist feelings among the New Spanish.

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