Ferrol - Urban History
A 'Battalions' marine and an artilleryman (late eighteenth century)

From the outset, military control was required over both the forced labourers and convicts or the free 'maestranza' workers, hence the early presence in the city of regiments of marines, a total of 3,000 soldiers in 1753. Initially taken from companies of foreign mercenaries, lodged in private homes, they continuously stole from the civil population, tried to monopolize the sale of foodstuffs, and regularly plundered materials from the Dockyards. These foreigners were soon replaced by Spanish troops, who were then stationed in barracks.

Museo Naval de Madrid