Royal Decree of Graces of 1815 (Cédula Real de Gracias)

Royal Decree of Graces of 1815(Cédula Real de Gracias) was a royal decree issued by King Ferdinand VII of Spain supposedly to develop and encourage immigration to the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Individuals initially came from Catalonia, Mallorca and the Canary Islands. Later immigration included other Europeans of non-Spanish origins-Irish, Scots, Germans, Italians. Free land and other perks were given to the newcommers. Some scholars have noted that this was an attempt to whiten the population of Puerto Rico and Cuba.

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