Item #15112 the First Major Advancement in Female Education in Colonial Spain, 1796 - No known Copy in OCLC. Colonial Female Education, year 1796.

the First Major Advancement in Female Education in Colonial Spain, 1796 - No known Copy in OCLC


ROYAL AND PAPAL DECREE. 1796. Authorizing the Carmelite Convent of Saint Clare and other religious places in Havana to educate girls. Folio. Broadside, with rubricated printed signature of Miguel la Grua Talamanca, viceroy of New Spain

Royal Spanish stamp reads, "Un quartillo, un qvarto, vn qvartillo, anos de mil setecientos noventa y seis y noventa y siete. Carolus IV D. G. Hispaniar. Rex," Handwritten text, "Liberta derechos de Alcabala de Nueva Mexico." Reading in part, "Miguel de la Grua Talamanca y Branciforte, de los principes de carini, marques de Branciforte, Grande de Espana de Primera Clase … Movido de las frecuentes instancias de personas distinguidas de la ciudad de San Chritobal de la Havana, que
desean educar a sus hijas en el monasterio de religiosas Franciscanas Observantes…" Paper loss to upper right. No copies in OCLC.

Other than a few early schools permitted to enroll only a few girls at a time, this decree authorized the first systematic method of providing education to the girls of Cuba. As noted by current scholars, the receiving permission to educate girls was no small achievement, and its effects reached far beyond Havana: "A Real Cedula of 1796 reflected that dearth as it addressed the issue of education for the girls of Havana. It noted that the 'frequent instances of distinguished persons in …Havana who desired to educate their daughters in religious monasteries' had moved the King and the Council of the Indies to examine that possibility, and ultimately to lend their support to the notion…Yet, educating the girls of Havana in its religious houses required more than ust the support of the King and the Council of the Indies. As the Cedula notes, Spain's ambassador to the Vatican had requested approval in 1794 for the plan to be put into place, and had received it…The requirements for admission included having attained the age of seven; girls could remain in the convent until reaching age twenty-five, or being married…The provisions of the Cedula were not limited to Havana or Cuba, as it was distributed to the vice-royalties of Peru and New Spain, yet the reference to Havana as the impetus for such an important innovation in education should not go unnoticed." Franklin, Sarah L. Women and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Cuba, p. 81-2.

Item #15112

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