Alcúdia during Modern Time, from the15th to the19th century

The beginning of the Modern Time was not easy. The unification of the Catalan and Castilian crowns brought up an increase of social turmoil.

Due to an increasing tax burden in the beginning of the 16th century the rebellion of the Germanies (1521) broke out. The end of the conflict in favour of the King's side, which Alcúdia had backed, meant an important change in the situation, and Alcúdia was granted the titel of "City" (1523) and other privileges.

During the 16th., 17th and 18th centuries plagues followed one another. The city of Alcúdia was protected with sanitary rings formed by the walls (those from the 14th century and the second walled circuit of the 17th century which was built up by Felipe II).

The establishment of the Decree of Nueva Planta, by Felipe V, entailed the end of the own institutions and the prohibition of the use of Catalán.

During the 19th century the depopulation of Alcúdia became more and more patent and it did not recover until the first decades of the 20th century.


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