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Mayorazgos. Ya que se ha puesto á la Representacion Nacional llamada á constituir la República en la necesidad de discutir el proyecto sobre estincion de mayorazgos, nos será tambien forzoso observarlo .

Published by (Santiago de Chile), Imprenta de la Biblioteca, n.d., ca. 1826., 1826
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Folio (29.5 x 19 cm.), disbound (separated at fold). Caption title. Light browning. Good to very good condition. Early manuscript foliation in ink. A few early marginal notes. 6 pp. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. Argues that property rights are inviolable and that since mayorazgos implement an aspect of property rights (the right to bequeath one's property as one pleases), they therefore cannot be abrogated merely for the sake of convenience. The learned Europeans who condemn them do not know that the mayorazgos in Chile differ from primogeniture and that they do not promote an aristocracy. The author further argues that such large estates are not harmful to agriculture, and praises them as promoting capitalism: "Si un capitalista es en los ojos de los economistas la alhaja mas preciosa de un Estado. - Si segun ellos valen mas á la produccion, como á la riqueza pública y particular mil pesos, por ejemplo, puestos en una mano hábil, que las misma cantidad repartida en otros tantos indivíduos de igual habilidad . es evidente que estas instituciones que en Chile solo tienden á mantener una moderada acumulacion, llenan todos los objetos que en esta parte puede proponerse un legislador."The mayorazgo, a form of primogeniture that prevented large estates from being dispersed, became part of Castilian law in 1505 and was carried over into Latin America. After Spain suppressed the mayorazgo in 1820 by the Ley Desvinculadora, debate raged between Chilean liberals and conservatives over its abolition. O'Higgins abolished the mayorazgo by a decree of June 1818 that was ignored. The Constitution of 1828 abolished it, too, but it was effectively reinstated by the Constitution of 1833, and not abolished completely until the 1850s, under President Montt.*** Briseño I, 199. Not located in CCPBE. Not located in Rebiun. Not located in Copac. Bookseller Inventory # 37783

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Title: Mayorazgos. Ya que se ha puesto á la ...

Publisher: (Santiago de Chile), Imprenta de la Biblioteca, n.d., ca. 1826.

Publication Date: 1826

Edition: 1st Edition

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