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Sordo, Vera Moya (2019): Cautivos del corso español. El trato a los prisioneros durante el siglo XVIII. In: Cuadernos De Historia Moderna, Vol. 44, No. 1: pp. 159-179

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The processes of capturing prisoners on the high seas as part of the privateering exercise and the prize system (or the right to looting in war), can be approached from the collection of official, administrative and regulatory documentation, in which the conditions, instructions and procedures regarding arrests and treatment of captives can be observed. Although in principle the regulations established the methods and their limitations, in practice, they were adapted to the needs of the moment, in harmony with international interests and agreements. As the war developed throughout the eighteenth century, the bureaucratic and judicial Spanish naval apparatus had to implement or adjust its normative structure, as well as the immediate means, to improve the maintenance, protection and return or exchange of an increasing number of prisoners. Thus, at the time of maintaining control of this system and obtaining its benefits according to treaties with other powers, the Crown was able to continue with the mobilization of its material and human military resources.

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