Help Catalonia. A country plundered for 300 years. The poll tax. Philip V punishes Catalonia. Dec 2012

A country plundered for 300 years. The poll tax. Philip V punishes Catalonia.

In the early-18th century, absolute monarchies set about the task of reviewing fiscal systems in order to cover the expenses of war. Their aim was to increase taxes without harming economic development. However, in the case of the Kingdom of Castile, with its chaotic finances and huge deficits, this was impossible. The advisors of King Philip V, on the throne since 1700, were opposed to increasing fiscal pressure on Castilian taxpayers. The Crown of Aragon –that is, the confederation of realms formed by the Kingdom of Aragon, the Kingdom of Valencia and the Principality of Catalonia– also expressed their disapproval of such a measure.A turning-point
Catalonia had its own fiscal system, under which taxes were collected and administered by the country’s own government, known as the “Diputación del General” or “Generalitat”, and not by the king, as was the case in Castile. This state of affairs gave the Catalan people freedom to decide whether or not to contribute financially to the Spanish monarchy’s foreign policy. In truth, the Catalans were little enamoured of imperial policies, and often refused to pay.Read the full article here.

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Posted on December 19, 2012, in BY COUNTRY, BY DATE, BY LANGUAGE, BY SOURCE, Catalonia, December 2012, English, HelpCatalonia. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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