Un "limes" cántabro. La guerra, su administración y su impacto en las fronteras del ámbito pirenaico occidental en un contexto bélico (1635-1643)

  1. Imanol Merino Malillos 1
  1. 1 Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Lejona, España

    ROR https://ror.org/000xsnr85

Príncipe de Viana

ISSN: 0032-8472

Year of publication: 2018

Issue Title: Viejos y nuevos espacios de frontera

Year: 79

Issue: 272

Pages: 1147-1161

Type: Article

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During the French-Hispanic war (1635-1659) societies, economies and cultures accustomed to fluid relations between both sides of the Bidasoa River and of the Pyrenees saw them interrupted, at least in theory. After Fuenterrabía’s siege in 1638, the Spanish Crown decided to create the Council of Cantabria in Vitoria (Álava) to manage the warfare on the west Pyrenean boundary. The main goal of the councillors was to reinforce the frontier against future French attacks, a goal that paradoxically made the total closure of the boundary impossible. I will analyse how they conceived and managed the borders, and I will explore how the war changed this frontier.