Saturday, 14 December 2013

Carlos III

225 years ago, December, 14, 1788, the King of Spain Charles III died at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

 Bust of King Charles III in Universidad Carlos III in Madrid

As king of Spain he tried to rescue his empire from decay through far-reaching reforms such as weakening the Church and its monasteries, promoting science and university research, facilitating trade and commerce, modernizing agriculture and avoiding wars.

However, he never achieved satisfactory control over finances, and his reforms proved short-lived.

Statue in Madrid

His reforms proved short-lived and Spain relapsed after his death, but his legacy lives on to this day.

Charles III of Spain

But under the reign of Carlos that Spain began to be recognised a nation.

His son Carlos IV abdicated in 1808.