The high mortality rate of foundlings recorded in 18th century Tenerife at the Casa de la Cuna de La Laguna was not so much due to the poor physical conditions in which they arrived at the institution as to the fragility and continuing economic hardship. These determined, for example, the absence of internal milkmaids, which meant that the children had to wait for one or more days until they were handed over to the external milkmaids. On the other hand, the mere exchange of the administrator resulted in the emergence of internal problems in the functioning of the incluse, such as the under-recording of infant mortality. The institution’s economic and administrative fragility must have been external, with a strong impact on the chances of survival of the children in its care.
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: Graph
Format: Bar chart
Source: Barbero, Paula, «Análisis de la mortalidad de los niños expósitos en Tenerife (siglos XVIII–XIX)», Revista de Demografía Histórica, vol. 38, nº2, 2020, pp. 7–34.
Owner: Álvaro Romero González (Modernalia)
Copyright: ©Paula Barbero, ©Revista de Demografía Histórica
Abstract: Stages in the progressive mortality of foundlings in Tenerife during the first five years of life in the second half of the 18th centuryImage echo get_the_post_thumbnail( $post_id, 'thumbnail', array( 'class' => 'aligncenter' ) );