Crown Magistrates in the Popular Anti-French Revolts. The Ferragudo Uprising of 1808

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Crown Magistrates in the Popular Anti-French Revolts. The Ferragudo Uprising of 1808
Contributors
Fonseca, Teresa (author)
Doi
10.26300/snf5-df32
Date Issued
Summer 2011
Abstract
This paper examines the question of the popular anti-French revolts of 1808 during the final stages of the occupation of Portuguese territory by Napoleon’s troops, which had invaded the country in November 1807 following its failure to enforce the continental blockade. First, we situate the uprisings within the Iberian context, and then we focus on the specific case of the revolt by the people of the fishing village of Ferragudo. We seek to gauge their motivations and characteristics, and place the event within the framework of resistance against the French occupation and the treatment meted out to supposed collaborators and sympathizers. In a detailed analysis of the case of the juíz de fora of Lagoa, we seek to explain how Crown magistrates were among the socio-professional groups in Portugal who suffered most from the wave of persecution.
Este artigo examina a questão dos protestos populares anti-franceses de 1808 durante as etapas finais da ocupação das tropas de Napoleão de território português, após a invasão do país em Novembro de 1807 e o fracasso ao aplicar o bloqueio continental. Primeiro, localizamos as revoltas no contexto ibérico, e depois nos concentramos no caso específico da revolta por parte da aldeia de pescadores Ferragudo. Buscamos comparar suas motivações e caraterísticas, e colocar o evento num enquadramento de resistência contra a ocupação francesa e o tratamento infligido a supostos colaboradores e simpatizantes. Numa análise detalhada do caso do juíz de fora de Lagoa, pretendemos explicar como magistrados da Caraoa estavam entre os grupos socio-profissionais de Portugal que sofreram mais com a onda de persecuções.
Keywords
Revolts
1808
Foreign relations
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
Campaigns
Judges
Extent
pp. 20-38

Citation

Fonseca, Teresa, "Crown Magistrates in the Popular Anti-French Revolts. The Ferragudo Uprising of 1808" (2011). e-Journal of Portuguese History. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.26300/snf5-df32

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