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October 7, 1846, Spanish Governor-General Claveria Issued A Decree Against Vagrants

On October 7, 1846, Spanish Governor-General Narciso Claveria issued a decree against vagrants, asking provincial authorities to have idlers rounded up and, after questioning, to employ them in public works for a month and then send back to their hometowns.

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Claveria, who became governor-general of the Philippines on July 16, 1844 until December 26, 1849, was also known for adapting Spanish surnames among the natives.

Claveria corrected the Philippine calendar, made reforms in the office of the alcalde-mayor and founded a casino, the “Sociedad de Recreo” (Recreation Association). A number of papers founded within his term, among them was the La Esperanza and Diario de Manila.

During his term, a military library was established and, the first steam war vessels were bought from London.

He earned the titles of count of Manila, viscount of Claveria, and the cross of San Fernando.

He personally asked the King for his retirement and later returned to Spain.


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