The distribution of inheritance was one of the main concerns of the testators. During the 18th century in the province of León there was a direct relationship between the socio-economic structural framework and the choice of the inheritance model. The egalitarian distribution in the agrarian areas of Cea-Campos, the Vega del Esla and the Páramo stands out. However, despite having a similar agrarian model, the mountain area had some differences with respect to the rest of the province of León: there was a tendency towards the improvement of the third and fifth (between 36.5% and 42.8%) and the testamentary mandates (30.5%-38.5%) which favoured a first-born son in contrast to the rest of the offspring. The limited arable land in these territories marked the family strategy aimed at guaranteeing the biological reproduction of at least one member of the family, without social descent. Indeed, the possible disintegration of the patrimony would condition the marital choice to lower strata; a downward social mobility that the families wanted to avoid.
Project: 3. Rural world and urban world in the formation of the European identity., 4. Family, daily life and social inequality in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Statistics
Source: Pérez Álvarez, M. J. y Rubio Pérez, L. M. (2014). "Familia y comunidad rural. Modelos agrarios, colectivismo social y comportamientos familiares en la provincia de León durante la Edad Moderna", en Studia Historica, vol. 36, p. 202.
Owner: Pablo Ballesta Fernández (Modernalia)
Copyright: ©Studia Historica ©María José Pérez Álvarez ©Laureano Rubio Pérez
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