vy had been destroyed at Trufalgar, her noble dock yards had rotted away, and everything gave evidence of a nation on the verge of ruin.
Charles IV., at that time King, was the weakest of all the Bourbons.
He spent his whole time in a workshop, where he wrought as a common mechanic, having a great turn for the mechanical arts.
province, and these Juntas immediately issued the most animating proclamations, calling on the people everywhere to rise in defence of their independence and their King.
Madrid being in possession of the French, the Junta of Seville was selected as the depository of national legislative power.
They immediately proclaimed FerdinaFerdinand King, issued an order for all persons between the ages of sixteen and forty-five to enroll themselves, and seized all the military stores for the use of their levies.
They declared peace with England and war with France.
They established inferior Juntas in every town within their jurisdiction having a population of two thousa