Spanish Law and Its Expansion
Oxford Handbook of European Legal History 782-805 (Pihlajamäki, Dubber & Godfrey, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)
34 Pages Posted: 16 May 2018 Last revised: 27 Sep 2018
Date Written: 2018
This chapter provides an overview of the legal aspects of Spain's enterprise in the Americas. It addresses the uses of law in discovery, exploration and conquest; Castilian law before its expansion to new territories; the use of law to justify conquest; slavery and indigenous labour; institutions; sources of law; legal actors; and Spanish law after independence. It also presents some of the present debates surrounding the nature and construction of derecho indiano.
Keywords: Spain, colonial law, derecho indiano, Americas
JEL Classification: K00
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