The Spanish government siezes and sells private properties that belong to the Catholic church, and other religious factions to strengthen the economy of farmers and other citizens who live in rural areas.
1839 · Amistad Mutiny
Mutiny by a group of slaves started on Spanish boats contributes to the abolitionist movement, and eventual victory two years later.
1868 · The glorious revolution
In September 1868 a mix of military and civil bandits dethroned queen Isabel II, starting a period of democratic rule.
Galician (Méndez): patronymic from the personal name Mendo ( see Mendes , of which this is the Galician equivalent).