• Frederick Martin
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The present Constitution of Spain, drawn up by a Cortes Constituyentes, elected by universal suffrage in January 1869, bears date the 1st June, 1869, and was proclaimed at Madrid June 6. The fundamental laws of this charter are contained in sections 32 to 37, which decree: ‘All powers emanate from the nation. The form of government of the Spanish nation is the Monarchy. The power to make laws resides in the Cortes. The King sanctions and promulgates the laws. The executive power resides in the King, who exercises it by means of his Ministers. The tribunals exercise the judicial power. Questions of local interest to the population belong respectively to the Ayuntamientos and Provincial Assemblies.’ The extent of the royal power is defined in sections 67 to 70, as follows: ‘The person of the King is inviolable, and he is not subject to responsibility. The ministers are responsible. The King nominates and freely dismisses his ministers. The power to execute the laws resides in the King, and his authority extends to all that conduces to public order within, and public security without the State. The King disposes of the sea and land forces, declares war, makes and ratifies peace, giving afterwards documentary account to the Cortes—dando despues cuenta documentada á las Córtes.’ Section 73 makes the choice of a consort for the King and his heirs, and the right to abdicate the crown, dependent on the authorisation of the Cortes.

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Statistical and other Books of Reference concerning Spain

1. Official Publications

  1. Anuario Estadistico de España, correspondiente á 1867 y 1869. 4. Madrid, 1869.Google Scholar
  2. Censo de la Población de España, según el recuento verificado en 25 de diciembre de 1860 por la Junta General de Estadística. Publícase de orden de S. M. Fol. Madrid, 1863.Google Scholar
  3. Constitución de la nación Española, promulgada en Madrid el 6 de Junio de 1869. 24. Madrid, 1869.Google Scholar
  4. Diario de Sesiones de las Cortes Constituyentes. 4. Madrid, 1869.Google Scholar
  5. Estado General de la Armada para el año de 1868. 4. Madrid, 1869.Google Scholar
  6. Memoria presentada al Congreso de Diputados por la Comision Inspectora de las Operaciones de la Deuda Publica. Madrid, 1868.Google Scholar
  7. Nomenclátor de los Pueblos de España, formado por la Comision de Estadística General del Reino. Publícase de orden de S. M. Fol. Madrid, 1868.Google Scholar
  8. Report bv Mr. Robert Lytton, British Secretary of Legation, ’ on Spanish Finances,’ dated Madrid, November 29, 1868; in ‘Reports of II.M.’s Secretaries of Embassy and Legation.’ No. I. 1869. London, 1869.Google Scholar
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2. Non-Official Publications

  1. Block (Moritz), Die Bevölkerung Spaniens und Portugals, nach den Originalquellen, in ihren wichtigsten Verhältnissen statistisch dargestellt. 8. Gotha, 1861.Google Scholar
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  4. Colmeiro (Manuel), Derecho Administrativo Español. 3rd ed. Vol. I. 4. Madrid, 1865.Google Scholar
  5. Colmeiro (Manuel), Historia de la Economía Política en España. 2 vols. 8. Madrid, 1861.Google Scholar
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  12. Murray (John), Handbook for Travellers in Spain. 8, London, 1868.Google Scholar
  13. Polin (D. José Lopez), Diccionario Estadístico Municipal de España. 4. Madrid, 1863.Google Scholar
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  16. Willkomm (Heinrich Moritz), Das pjrenäische Halbinselland. 8. Leipzig, 1866.Google Scholar

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