Ferrol - Urban History
Launching of the frigate 'Restauración' in Ferrol (1825)

A sharp division was established between the 'maestranza' and seamen, and the naval officers. Bourbon reforms ended the standard practice of promoting seamen to officers. The latter would be required to show proof of purity of blood and noble origin as a prerequisite to join the new Royal Naval Academy. Besides, in this region, where two languages coexisted unequally - Galician, spoken by most of the population, and Spanish, the prestige language spoken by the city-educated elite - the naval officers would speak Spanish, the 'maestranza' Galician.

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