A Decree of 1714 completely affected the sometent , being dissolved as a body and replaced by that of the ‘Escuadras de Paisanos’, a new police corporation created by order of Felipe V and whose main function would be to persecute the detractors of the Bourbon, the bandits who roamed the mountains and areas of Catalonia, as well as members of the mercenary militias popularly known as the “miquelets”

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