Spain Population Collapse

Everyone in the community gets the right to a home

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Unformatted text preview: spread across the countryside making it difficult for conversion. The clergy propose congregating the settlements for improved preaching and overseeing of the indigenous people. Very little congregation until silver becomes an opportunity. 1550s onwards, the Crown suddenly hears the clergy and agrees with the congregation of survivors into nuclear communities. The clergy are empowered to work with local indigenous lords to draw survivors into nuclear communities. The small rural communities are laid out in grid plan, congregated communities are labeled indigenous republics. They get the following rights: the right to local self- government, in which the principales form 15- 18% of the indigenous societies and are given the right to form an indigenous council. Within the principals, they elect a council of 4- 8 principales, and then the council elects a yearly governor. There tends to be a shift from the regional lord into this yearly governorship and council members. Everyone in the community gets the right to a home, garden, etc. for simply being a member of the community. The outlying land is divided so that the principales get more, and the lesser ranked indigenous people get sufficient land for sustenance. The vast majority of families can sustain themselves in food production, household stuffs without recourse to the larger Spanish colony unless they are coerced. Plots of land are set aside for religious life, but cultivated by the community. Plots set aside for sustaining the cost of local government, also plots for paying tribute. No longer a head tax on a household but rather communal. The Spanish were desperate for the...
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