The Life Blood of the Navy: Recruiting Sailors in Eighteenth Century Spain

By Carla Rahn Phillips, published November 2001


In this article the author explores Spain’s approach to naval recruitment during the 18th century. In an effort to increase the number of mariners in its service without resorting primarily to the use of crimping and impressment both France and Spain instituted forms of ‘enlightenment’ to encourage their marine population to accept service in the navy. These forms of ‘enlightenment’ are examined in detail.

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Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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