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Seville, treaty of

Seville, treaty of, 1729. In 1727 Spain, with Habsburg support, began a siege of Gibraltar, held by the British since 1704. It was not pressed with much vigour and an armistice was agreed in 1728. By the treaty of Seville in 1729 Spain restored Britain's commercial concessions while Britain agreed to support Spanish claims in Italy. The question of Gibraltar was tacitly abandoned. Disagreement within the British ministry obliged Townshend, secretary of state for the north, to resign, leaving Walpole supreme.

J. A. Cannon

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