FROM PROVINCES TO STATES: the Spanish Viceroyalties, audiencias and provinces in America


By  Periklis  Deligiannis

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European knights of the 15th century. The heavy  cavalry of the Conquistadores belonged to this type. The native Central and South American warriors could do very little against these armoured and mounted war machines.


Viceroyalties and Audiencias, 16th Century

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the initial Spanish colonies in the Americas were divided administratively in two viceroyalties: the Viceroyalty of New Spain, comprising the Caribbean, Mesoamerican, North American and Pacific colonies of Spain, and the Viceroyalty of Peru comprising her South American colonies.
Each Viceroyalty was divided in audiencias. The audiencia was a high court of justice exercising judicial, political and military power in the Spanish colonies.
The Viceroyalty of New Spain was divided in the audiencias of Nueva Galicia (modern NW Mexico and SW USA), Mexico (modern Central Mexico and the Caribbean coast of the US), Guatemala (Chiapas, Yucatan and modern Central America), Hispaniola (Cuba and Florida) and Santo Domingo (Haiti/Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico and all the lesser islands of the Caribbean, plus “Little Venice” i.e. modern Venezuela). The Viceroyalty of New Spain included also the Philippines and all the other Spanish islands of the Pacific.






Το «καριοφίλι» ή «ντουφέκι», δηλαδή το μακρύκαννο τυφέκιο της περιόδου, ήταν ένα από τα δημοφιλέστερα όπλα της Ελληνικής Επανάστασης. Εκτός από τους καλά  οπλισμένους κλεφταρματολούς, κάπους, Μανιάτες, Σουλιώτες κ.α.,  οι άλλοι  Ελληνες αγωνιστές διέθεταν ήδη μερικά  καριοφίλια ως οικογενειακά αποκτήματα και κειμήλια, και  προμηθεύτηκαν περισσότερα μέσω του πασαλικίου του Αλή Πασά,, ο οποίος είχε φροντίσει οι μάχιμοι του να διαθέτουν μεγάλο απόθεμα εκηβόλων και αγχεμαχων όπλων για τους πολέμους του εναντίον των γειτονικών ανταγωνιστών του και κυρίως για την επερχόμενη και αναπόφευκτη σύγκρουση του με τον σουλτανικό στρατό. Οι Αλβανοί, Ελληνες, Βόσνιοι και άλλοι μάχιμοι του στρατού του, προμηθεύονταν κυρίως τα εκηβόλα όπλα από το εκτεταμένο λαθρεμπόριο όπλων και πυρίτιδας που είχαν οργανώσει οι Γάλλοι και οι Βρετανοί, οι οποίοι ήλεγχαν κατά περιόδους τα γειτονικά Επτάνησα. Οι Ευρωπαίοι πωλούσαν όπλα και πυρομαχικά και στους άλλους Βαλκάνιους πασάδες, οι οποίοι είτε εχθρεύονταν τον Αλή Πασά, είτε είχαν απώτερες βλέψεις για μεγαλύτερη αυτονομία από την Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία. Έτσι, όταν κηρύχθηκε η Επανάσταση, πολλοί Έλληνες κατείχαν τυφέκια και πιστόλες αρκετά σύγχρονων τύπων (όμως οι Αλβανοί και Βαλκανικοί Τούρκοι  αντίπαλοι τους ήταν καλύτερα οπλισμένοι).  Ειδικά τα τυφέκια  είχαν προέλευση από διάφορες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες, κυρίως από την Ιταλία και λιγότερο από τις Γαλλία, Ισπανία κ.α.

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Βορειοευρωπαϊκά και αμερικανικά υποδείγματα τυφεκίων του ίδιου τύπου και της ίδιας περιόδου.

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Genocide, Pontians, Asia Minor : The dark side of the Greek world

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By Vlassis Agtzidis (*)

One of the fields of public controversy today in Greece is related with crucial and unexamined issues of the Greek history and society. It regards issues either related to the sphere of society (refugees from the former USSR) or to the sphere of history concerning not only the great geopolitical and socio-economic transformation, which took place in the Near East during the time period of 1908 (Young Turks movement) till 1923 (Treaty of Lausanne), but also the soviet experiment and in particular Stalin’s time period.

Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to examine the perceptions created in the Greek area regarding these issues, the understanding of those facts by the sovereign power (in its monarchic and democratic version) as well as by the (regime or non-regime) intelligentsia, the historians etc. Moreover, it creates the opportunity to consider in the light of criticism the “orientalist” perception on these issues, a dominant perception for a significant part of the Greek historians.

The “gap”

The lack of jointly agreed upon narrative on the specific historic and social issues created an interpretation gap directly perceived by all those who work on these issues either as researchers or as social solidarity institutions for the affected populations (refugees). A corollary of this “gap” has also been the way that the dominant political and ideological powers of the Right and of the Left have dealt with the new requests and issues of the refugees’ sphere and in particular:

-the public attestation of their historic point of view of the fact that they have been victims of an organized genocide (1914-1923) by the Turkish nationalism
-the reference to the persecutions suffered by the Greek minority from Stalinism in USSR after 1937-38.

At the same time, weirdly, the cunning History “offered” to the inhabitants of Greece another experience: to “receive” from the Perestroica era in the same inhospitable way tens of thousands of their own population and immigrants from the collapsed / collapsing USSR.

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Aethelstan, Anglo-Saxon King of England


By  Susan  Abernethy   (Reblogged)

King Aethelstan presenting a book to St. Cuthbert

Aethelstan was the first King of Wessex to bring together all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in England. He was well educated, very pious and a collector of saints relics and manuscripts. He was also a formidable warrior. We have considerably more information about Aethelstan’s reign than other Anglo-Saxon kings due to the survival of many charters dating from his time as king and there are references to Aethelstan in foreign sources.

Aethelstan was born sometime between 893 and 895 AD. His father was King Edward the Elder, the oldest son of King Alfred the Great. His mother was named Ecgwynn and very little is known about her. There is no record of Edward and Ecgwynn being married and Aethelstan’s legitimacy was questioned during his lifetime. It is possible they were married in secret but she did live at court. She also had a daughter whose name we do not know but who would play a role in Aethelstan’s conquest of the island. Aethelstan may have been his grandfather’s favorite because Alfred gave him a scarlet cloak, a belt set with precious stones and a Saxon sword with a gilded scabbard sometime before he died. At the very least, Alfred was making a gesture marking Aethelstan as throne worthy.



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with draco(Fectio)

Ρωμαίος Δρακονάριος της Υστερης περιόδου με κράνος  περσικού τύπου, σε αποκατάσταση από τον Βρετανικό Ιστορικό Σύλλογο  Comitatus. Ηταν λαβαροφόρος ο οποίος έφερε το σαρματικό λάβαρο του Δράκου το οποίο είχαν υιοθετήσει οι Ρωμαίοι

Κατά την Υστερη αυτοκρατορική περίοδο, το ιππικό κατέστη βαθμιαία το βασικό Οπλο του Ρωμαϊκού στρατού υποσκελίζοντας τις λεγεώνες, τη δόξα της Ρώμης. Αυτή η εξέλιξη οφειλόταν στην επίδραση των Ιρανικών λαών (Σαρματών και Περσών) και κυρίως στην ανάγκη των Ρωμαίων να αντιμετωπίσουν λαούς οι οποίοι διέθεταν ισχυρό ιππικό που μπορούσε να νικήσει τις λεγεώνες (Σαρμάτες, Σασσανίδες, Γότθοι, Ούννοι). Οι περικεφαλαίες του Ρωμαϊκού ιππικού της περιόδου ανήκαν στις εξής τέσσερις βασικές ομάδες τύπων:



Ο κλασσικός γαλλορωμαϊκός τύπος του λεγεωνάριου της Μέσης αυτοκρατορίας  (www.romancoins.info)




By Periklis Deligiannis

with draco(Fectio)
A Draconarius of the Late Roman period with a Persian-origin type of helmet, in a restoration by the British Historical Association Comitatus (Draco made by the German artisan Stefan Jaroschinski). He is a standard-bearer, bearing the Sarmatian standard of the Dragon, adopted by the Romans as well.
During the Late Imperial period, the cavalry gradually became the main Weapon of the Roman army supplanting the legions, the glory of Rome. This development was due to the influence of the Iranian peoples (Sarmatians and Persians) and especially to the Roman need to confront the enemies who had a strong cavalry which could defeat the legions (Sarmatians, Sassanids, Goths, Huns). The Roman cavalry helmets of the period belonged to the following four major groups.




The classic Gallo-Roman type of a Middle Empire legionnaire (www.romancoins.info)