Spanish Law and Its Expansion

Oxford Handbook of European Legal History 782-805 (Pihlajamäki, Dubber & Godfrey, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-08

34 Pages Posted: 16 May 2018 Last revised: 27 Sep 2018

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M. C. Mirow

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Mirow, M. C., Spanish Law and Its Expansion (2018). Oxford Handbook of European Legal History 782-805 (Pihlajamäki, Dubber & Godfrey, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018); Florida International University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3171563

M. C. Mirow (Contact Author)

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law ( email )

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