|Nineteenth Century Mallorca
The ancient Kingdom of Mallorca is stripped of
its privileges by the Decreto de Nueva Planta of Felipe V whereby Castilian laws superseded local ones throughout Spain. Ciutat de Mallorca readopts its Roman name of Palma,
and power is now wielded from the Peninsular
Palma supported the anti-French
uprising, refusing to acknowledge the governor sent to the Island by Napoleon.
The Jews were accused of resorting to
bribery to avoid enlistment in the army being raised to combat Napoleon. There was a new attack on the Jewish Call area.
Demolition of the Inquisition Building located in
what is, today, the Plaça Major. This was one of the early results of the Mendizábal’s Desamortización Act, which
dispossessed the religious Orders of their property.
Growth inside the walled city and the prohibition on
building within 1,250 metres of the walls led to the beginning of urban settlements outside the walls, such as El Molinar, els
Hostalets, la Soledat.
|First visit of the Archduke Ludwig Salvator, who was to write Die Balearen, a mammoth work on Mallorca and the other Islands. .
The stretch of wall between el Moll de la Riba and las
Drassanes was demolished. This was the beginning of a lengthy campaign to demolish them all.
Inauguration of the Palma-Inca railway.
Fire destroys the Palma Town Hall and
only the facade and some works of art can be saved.
An explosion in a military arsenal close to the present day
Hacienda leaves a hundred dead.