The Évora foundlings between the 16th and the 19th century: The Portuguese public welfare system under analysis
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Universidad de Granada
HospicianosHermandades de MisericordiaPortugalSiglos XVI-XVIIIÉvora foundlingsMisericórdias fraternities16th-18th centuries
Abreu, Laurinda. «The Évora foundlings between the 16th and the 19th century : the Portuguese public welfare system under analysis». Dynamis: Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam, 2003, Vol. 23, p. 37-60, https://raco.cat/index.php/Dynamis/article/view/92863.
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By the beginning of the 16th century, the Portuguese State imposed on local powers the obligation to bring up and take care of foundlings. However, with the creation of the Misericórdia fraternities all over the country, the municipalities transferred the assistance of the children to those charities, with the promise of economic support. Nonetheless, in spite of the State «interest», the concern of local powers and the care provided by the Misericórdias, the results were tragic for the children. In this paper I intend to provide a summary about the welfare services for foundlings in Portugal, and to study the assistance that was given to them in the city of Évora.