Convergence of Political Systems

Author:Luis Martinez-Calcerrada y Gómez

@Introduction: The Historic And Social Presence Of Spain In Louisiana


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Introduction: The Historic And Social Presence Of Spain In Louisiana

The infamous Treaty of Paris signed by Spain and France on February 10, 1763 transferred from the French to the king of Spain the land which lays to the right of the Mississippi river, next to Orleans island. Today this land is known as the State of Louisiana. The Spanish dominated Louisiana for several decades until Napoleon Bonaparte and the French took it back after signing the secret treaty of San Ildefonso on October 1, of 1800 and in March of 1801. Soon after this, in 1803, France sold this land to the United States for a ridiculous sum of money.

For nearly fifty years, Louisiana was under Spanish domain. During this time the colony and the structural base were formed. It was a time of organization and population growth, making this territory, especially New Orleans, the most important city in North America. Spanish governors were known for their straight and good intentions, as for their efficient politics to the point that the French population who lived in the area were opposed to the re-transfer of Louisiana's domain to Napoleon's France. During French domination in the years before 1765, the French had little influence on the formation of Louisiana's political structure. The French intervention constituted an unsuccessful attempt at exploration and establishment of their political structure.

With the help of the Spanish, Louisiana contributed to the United States' independence from England by forcing the British out of the south end of the Mississippi River, thus preventing a strategic plan that could have been catastrophic for the Americans.

Louisiana is the result of a combination of different cultures including Anglo-Saxon, Native Indian, Black, French, and Spanish. The latter two were the most influential, thus creating the original "Creole."

From this unique bond of cultures arises a new culture, distinguishing itself by its unique food (jambalaya, Gumbo), beverages (Gin Fizz, Cock-tail), parties (Mardi Gras), and music (Jazz and Blues).

By definition, a system is a conglomerate of rules or principles about a certain topic, which are related and organized. It refers to a juridical system that consists of a group of perceptible rules that integrate positive law which, in turn, constitute the regulating system of personal and social...

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