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  • Ever wonder what this is ?: Local News | Ever wonder what this is ?

Tue 2 March 2021

Local News | Ever wonder what this is ?

Translated from the blog of a local historian from Almoradi Jose.
Algorfa ‘s conflicting and almost unknown division.
The landmark boundary between the territories of Algorfa and Almoradí, located next to the Algorfa cemetery.
Algorfa territory became Almoradi in 1573 when Almoradi gained its own division by separating itself from Orihuela.
At the end of the 18th century Algorfa was a small estate made up of just fifteen houses whose sole owner was Ignacio Pérez de Sarrió, The Marqués de Algorfa , it was him who began a lawsuit in 1790 at the Valencia Courts for Algorfa to regain its independence from Almoradí.
But the Almoradi people were not willing to give up the Algorfa land easily and put all possible legal obstacles to avoid it. The court case went on for more than ten years and involved a significant financial outlay for the Almoradi City Council.
To get an idea of what that conflictive division was, for the first time, we show copies of the PDF´s of several of the receipts that justify the continuous payments caused by the lawsuit. These documents below that have been left unpublished until lately.
Finally, the Court ruled in favour of the Marques who authorized the markings of Algorfa in 1800, although Almoradi people were not going to make things easy.
On November 29th 1800, the eve of San Andrés, the judge commissioned to make the correct division of the territory arrived but he was received by a group of fifty or sixty armed people who violently confronted the judge, he finally suspended the separation of boundaries proceedings.
Among the group of Almoradians was Tomás Martínez, Tomás Capdepón's grandfather and a clerk of the City Council; Manuel Girona "Nelito" ex-convict from the Cartagena arsenal and some minimal religious men from the San Francisco de Paula Convent.
On February 12th 1802 the appeal court of Valencia ordered the continuation of marking the boundaries and fined the leaders of the previous rebellions with 50 pesos. He also threatened exile to the friars of the Convent if they returned to support the demonstrations, finally a notification was published that imposed six years in prison on any neighbour who opposed the division.
On March 8th 1804, a Valencian decree finally approved the boundary act of the new site of Algorfa.


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