Ferrol - Urban History
Peddlers in the streets of Madrid (1800-50)

In 1769 the naval authorities focused the sale of foodstuffs around Dolores Square, near the Capitanía Palace. In 1784, peddlers - most of them women - were settled there by force. A moral issue prevailed beyond the desire to control prices: to discipline women's sexuality and conditions in which syphilis was rife, a disease that decimated the troops. This situation was mentioned in a report from 1782: 'In Ferrol there must be 100 impure women who meet soldiers, seamen and other lustful people [...] who are always sent to Hospital'.

Abecedario con las figuras de los vendedores de Madrid (1800-50), Museo Municipal de Madrid