Treaty of Utrecht

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Treaty of Utrecht in 1713
Peace and Friendship Treaties of Utrecht
First edition of the Treaty of Utrecht
First edition of the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht between Great Britain and Spain in Spanish (left) and a later edition in Latin and English.
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Signed 1713
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The Treaty of Utrecht, which established the Peace of Utrecht, is a series of individual peace treaties, rather than a single document, signed by the belligerents in the War of the Spanish Succession, in the Dutch city of Utrecht in March and April 1713. Before Charles II of Spain died in 1700, having no Hapsburg heirs, he had named Philip, the Duke of Anjou, a French Bourbon, as his successor. Philip was the grandson of Charles' half-sister, Maria Theresa of Spain and Louis XIV of France. However, Philip was also in line for the French throne, and the other major powers (countries) in Europe were not willing to tolerate the potential union of two such powerful states. Essentially, the treaties allowed Philip to take the Spanish throne as Philip V in return for permanently renouncing his claim to the French throne, along with other necessary guarantees that would ensure that France and Spain should not merge, thus preserving the balance of power in Europe.

The treaties between several European states, including Spain, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Savoy and the Dutch Republic, helped end the war. The treaties were concluded between the representatives of Louis XIV of France and of his grandson Philip V of Spain on one hand, and representatives of Anne of Great Britain, Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia, John V of Portugal and the United Provinces of the Netherlands on the other. They marked the end of French ambitions of hegemony in Europe expressed in the wars of Louis XIV, and preserved the European system based on the balance of power.[1] British historian G. M. Trevelyan argues:

That Treaty, which ushered in the stable and characteristic period of Eighteenth-Century civilization, marked the end of danger to Europe from the old French monarchy, and it marked a change of no less significance to the world at large, — the maritime, commercial and financial supremacy of Great Britain.[2]

Negotiations[edit]

Europe at the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession

The War of the Spanish Succession was occasioned by the failure of the Habsburg king, Charles II of Spain, to produce an heir. Dispute followed the death of Charles II in 1700, and fourteen years of war were the result.

France and Great Britain had come to terms in October 1711, when the preliminaries of peace had been signed in London, the preliminaries were based on a tacit acceptance of the partition of Spain's European possessions. Following this, the Congress of Utrecht opened on 29 January 1712, with the British representatives being John Robinson, Bishop of Bristol, and Thomas Wentworth, Lord Strafford.[3] Reluctantly the United Provinces accepted the preliminaries and sent representatives, but Emperor Charles VI refused to do so until he was assured that the preliminaries were not binding, this assurance was given, and so in February the Imperial representatives made their appearance. As Philip was not yet recognized as its king, Spain did not at first send plenipotentiaries, but the Duke of Savoy sent one, and the Kingdom of Portugal was represented by Luís da Cunha. One of the first questions discussed was the nature of the guarantees to be given by France and Spain that their crowns would be kept separate, and little progress was made until 10 July 1712, when Philip signed a renunciation, with Great Britain and France having agreed to a truce, the pace of negotiation quickened, and the main treaties were finally signed on 11 April 1713.[4]

Principal provisions[edit]

North America about 1750, after the Treaty of Utrecht. Some French forts listed here were not built until thirty years after 1713.

The treaty recognised Louis XIV's grandson Philip, Duke of Anjou, as King of Spain (as Philip V), thus confirming the succession stipulated in the will of the Charles II of Spain who died in 1700. However, Philip was compelled to renounce for himself and his descendants any right to the French throne; in similar fashion various French princelings, including most notably the Duke of Berry (Louis XIV's youngest grandson) and the Duke of Orléans (Louis's nephew), renounced for themselves and their descendants any claim to the Spanish throne. Utrecht marked the rise of Great Britain under Anne and later the House of Hanover; her exploits martial were due to Marlborough. The lucrative trading opportunities afforded to the British were gained at the expense of her allies with the Dutch forgoing a share in the Asiento and the Holy Roman Empire ceding Spain to Philip V and being forced to reinstate the Elector of Bavaria.

The Spanish territories in Europe were apportioned: Savoy received Sicily and parts of the Duchy of Milan, while Charles VI (the Holy Roman Emperor and Archduke of Austria) received the Spanish Netherlands, the Kingdom of Naples, Sardinia, and the bulk of the Duchy of Milan. Portugal had its sovereignty recognised over the lands between the Amazon and Oyapock rivers, in Brazil; in 1715, the Portuguese also recovered Colónia do Sacramento, previously taken by Spain in Uruguay.

Western Europe's borders after the Treaties of Utrecht and Rastatt

In addition, under Article X of the treaty Spain ceded Gibraltar and Menorca to Great Britain and agreed to give to the British the Asiento, a monopoly on the oceanic slave trade to the Spanish colonies in America. Great Britain imposed to Spain, under Article XIII, the preservation of the historical rights of Catalonia (given the Catalan support to the Habsburg cause, as well as to British and Dutch military) which were however abolished by the Spanish Bourbon King, one year later when Barcelona was finally occupied by the Franco-Spanish troops, under the Nueva Planta decrees.

In North America, France ceded to Great Britain its claims to Newfoundland and to the Hudson's Bay Company territories in Rupert's Land,[5][6] they also ceded the Acadian colony of Nova Scotia. The formerly partitioned island of Saint Kitts was also ceded in its entirety to Britain.[7] France was required to recognise British suzerainty over the Iroquois and commerce with the Far Indians was to be open to traders of all nations. France retained its other pre-war North American possessions, including Île-Saint-Jean (now Prince Edward Island), Saint Pierre and Miquelon, as well as Île Royale (now Cape Breton Island), on which it erected the Fortress of Louisbourg.

A series of commercial treaties were also signed.

After the signing of the Utrecht treaties, the French continued to be at war with Emperor Charles VI and with the Holy Roman Empire itself until 1714, when hostilities were ended with the treaties of Rastatt and Baden. Spain and Portugal remained formally at war with each other until the Treaty of Madrid of February 1715, while peace between Spain and Emperor Charles VI, unsuccessful claimant to the Spanish crown, came only in 1720 with the signing of the Treaty of The Hague.[8]

Responses to the treaties[edit]

North America in 1760, immediately before the Treaty of Paris. Note that New England was at this time depicted as bordering the St. Lawrence River, that New York State occupied the geographic area of Upper Canada or Ontario, that Pennsylvania occupied much of the region to the south of Lake Erie and that Nova Scotia had not yet been divided by New Brunswick.

The treaty's territorial provisions did not go as far as the Whigs in Britain would have liked, considering that the French had made overtures for peace in 1706 and again in 1709, the Whigs considered themselves the heirs of the staunch anti-French policies of William III and the Duke of Marlborough. However, in the Parliament of 1710 the Tories had gained control of the House of Commons, and they wished for an end to Great Britain's participation in a European war. Queen Anne and her advisors had also come to agree.

The party in the administration of Robert Harley (created Earl of Oxford and Mortimer on 23 May 1711) and the Viscount Bolingbroke proved more flexible at the bargaining table and were characterised by the Whigs as "pro-French"; Oxford and Bolingbroke persuaded the Queen to create twelve new "Tory peers"[9] to ensure ratification of the treaty in the House of Lords. The opponents of the treaty tried to rally support under the slogan of No Peace Without Spain.

Although the fate of the Spanish Netherlands in particular was of interest to the United Provinces, Dutch influence on the outcome of the negotiations was fairly insignificant, even though the talks were held on their territory, the French negotiator Melchior de Polignac taunted the Dutch with the scathing remark de vous, chez vous, sans vous,[10] meaning that negotiations would be held "about you, around you, without you." The fact that Bolingbroke had secretly ordered the British commander, the Duke of Ormonde, to withdraw from the Allied forces before the Battle of Denain (informing the French but not the Allies), and the fact that they secretly arrived at separate peace with France was a fait accompli, made the objections of the Allies pointless.[11] In any case, the Dutch achieved their condominium in the Austrian Netherlands with the Austro-Dutch Barrier Treaty of 1715.[12]

Balance of power[edit]

Allegory of the Peace of Utrecht by Antoine Rivalz

The European concept of the balance of power, first mentioned in 1701 by Charles Davenant in Essays on the Balance of Power, became a common topic of debate during the war and the conferences that led to signing of the treaties. Boosted by 19 April 1709 issue of Daniel Defoe's A Review of the Affairs of France, a periodical that supported the Harley Ministry, the concept was a key factor in British negotiations, and was reflected in the final treaties. This theme would continue to be a significant factor in European politics until the time of the French Revolution (and was to resurface in the 19th century).

The case of the Catalans[edit]

Portrait of Queen Anne of England, circa 1705.

After the negotiations in Utrecht, Queen Anne of England, who, according to Joaquim Albareda, "because of honor and conscience, was forced to claim all the rights enjoyed by the Catalans when they urged them to take control of the House of Austria, "- made arrangements through his ambassador in the Madrid court - when no treaty had been signed yet - so that Philip V granted a general amnesty to the Spanish Austracists, and singularly to the Catalans, who also owed keep your constitution But Philip's response was negative and he told the British ambassador "that peace is as necessary to us as you do not want to break through a brawl."

Queen Anne maintained personal support of the guarantees made to the Catalans right up until the signing of the Treaty with the Spanish Bourbons. However, realpolitik prevailed and the British Secretary of State, Henry St. John (Viscount Bolingbroke), capitulated to the Bourbon position.

The reliquishing of the Catalan's cause to Spain by Great Britain was enshrined in Article 13 of the treaty between Great Britain and Spain, signed on July 13, 1713; in it, Philip V guaranteed the lives and goods of the Catalans, but repudiated any assertion of their own laws and institutions, pledging only that they had All those privileges that the inhabitants of the two Castile possess".

In ongoing negotiations at Rastatt the "case of the Catalans" plagued Philip V, who was eager to apply in Catalonia and Mallorca the "New Plant" that had been promulgated in 1707 for the "rebellious kingdoms" of Valencia and Aragon, on March 6, 1714 the Treaty of Rastatt was signed, by which the Austrian Empire was incorporated into the peace of Utrecht without Philip V committing to the maintenance of laws and institutions of the Principality of Catalonia and the kingdom of Mallorca. The refusal to make any kind of concession was argued by Philip V in a letter sent to his grandfather Luis XIV

" It is not out of hatred or revenge that I have always refused this restitution, but because it would mean nullifying my authority and exposing me to continuous revolts, reviving what their rebellion has extinguished and that kings have experienced so many times, my predecessors , who were weakened by such rebellions that had usurped their authority. [...] If [Carlos VI] has committed himself in favor of the Catalans and Mallorquines, he has done wrong and, in any case, must conform to the same way as the Queen of England did, judging that his commitments they were satisfied with the promise I have made to keep the same privileges as my Castilian faithful "

In July of 1714 Bolingbroke also rejected a last proposal by Pablo Ignacio de Dalmases, representative of the Three Commons of Catalonia in London. De Dalmases had proposed that Britain retain control of Catalonia until treaty provisions were obtained which guaranteed the observance of their privileges, believing that failre to do so could mean the resumption of the war. A number of politically motivated publications were made in the following months, reflecting conflicting opinions in the British Parliament.

In The Case of the Catalans Considered, it was said:

" Their ancestors bequeathed to them the privileges they enjoy centuries ago. Now they must renounce them without honor and leave behind them a race of slaves? Do not; they all prefer to die; or death or freedom, this is your decided choice. [...] All these questions touch the heart of any generous British citizen when he considers the case of the Catalans ... Will the Catalan word not be synonymous with our dishonor? "

For his part, The Deplorable History of the Catalans, after narrating what happened during the war, praised the heroism of the Catalans: "now the world already has a new example of the influence that freedom can exercise in generous minds"

Portrait of 1715 of King George I of Great Britain.

The "Case of the Catalans" received a brief respite when Queen Anne of England died on August 1, 1714, her successor, George I of Hanover, gave orders to the British ambassador in Paris to pressure Louis XIV in order to that forced Philip V to commit to maintain the laws and institutions of the Principality of Catalonia. However the pressure had no effect, and although Louis XIV had advised his grandson, Philip V, "to moderate the severity with which you want to treat them [the Catalans]. Even when rebels, they are your subjects and you must treat them like a father, correcting them but not losing them. " On September 18 King George I received Tthe Catalan ambassador, Felip Ferran de Sacirera, in The Hague on his way to London to be crowned, promising he would do everything possible for Catalonia, but feared it would be too late. In fact, it was later revealed that on September 12, 1714 Barcelona had already capitulated.

Both King George I and the new Whig government, coming out of the elections held in early 1715, were in conflict with the agreements made by the previous Tory government with Louis XIV as the basis of the Peace of Utrecht. However, the Whig government did nothing to help Mallorca, which had not yet fallen into Bourbon hands, and on July 2, 1715 Mallorca capitulated. [13] [14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R.R. Palmer, A History of the Modern World 2nd ed. 1961, p. 234.
  2. ^ G.M. Trevelyan, A shortened history of England (1942) p 363.
  3. ^ The staunch Tory Strafford was hauled before a committee of Parliament for his part in the treaty, which the Whigs considered not advantageous enough.
  4. ^ James Falkner (2015). The War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714. Pen and Sword. p. 205. 
  5. ^ "American Annals" Page 73, 1813
  6. ^ Article X
  7. ^ Article XII
  8. ^ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/859832/treaties-of-Utrecht
  9. ^ The twelve peers consisted of two who were summoned in their father's baronies, Lords Compton (Northampton) and Bruce (Ailesbury), and ten recruits, namely Lords Hay (Kinnoull), Mountjoy, Burton (Paget), Mansell, Middleton, Trevor, Lansdowne, Masham, Foley, and Bathurst. David Backhouse, "Tory Tergiversation In The House of Lords, 1714–1760" Archived 28 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine..
  10. ^ Szabo, I. (1857) The State Policy of Modern Europe from the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century to the Present Time. Vol. I, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, p. 166
  11. ^ Churchill, W. (2002) Marlborough: His Life and Times, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0-226-10636-5, pp. 954–955
  12. ^ Israel, J.I. (1995), The Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness and Fall, 1477–1806, Oxford University Press,ISBN 0-19-873072-1 hardback, ISBN 0-19-820734-4 paperback, p. 978
  13. ^ https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tratado_de_Utrecht
  14. ^ https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tratado_de_Utrecht#CITAREFAlbareda2010

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