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Spain - Fernando VII (King Ferdinand VII), first reign (19 March 1808 - 6 May 1808)

Ferdinand VII (Spanish: Fernando VII de Borbón) was twice King of Spain: in 1808 and again from 1813 to his death. He was known to his supporters as "the Desired" (el Deseado) and to his detractors as the "Felon King" (el Rey Felón). After being overthrown by Napoleon in 1808 he linked his monarchy to counter-revolution and reactionary policies that produced a deep rift in Spain between his forces on the right and liberals on the left. He reestablished the absolutist monarchy and rejected the liberal constitution of 1812. He suppressed the liberal press 1814-33 and jailed many of its editors and writers. Under his rule, Spain lost nearly all of its American possessions, and the country entered into civil war on his death.

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Fernando VII (King Ferdinand VII), first reign: Details
From19 March 1808
To6 May 1808
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