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Revista de la Facultad de Derecho

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OSTA VAZQUEZ, María Laura. Children, foundlings and orphans in 19th Century Montevideo. Rev. Fac. Der. [online]. 2016, n.41, pp.155-189. ISSN 0797-8316.

Our aim is to shed light on orphan children in 19th century Montevideo from the vantage points of the history of childhood, the history of concepts, and other methodological perspectives. The first orphanage, called ‘La Inclusa’, was founded in 1818. Its activities revolved around a turnstile system wherein babies were left mostly anonymously, by their parents, relatives, neighbors or midwives. Our goal is to deconstruct concepts commonly used today and to historically contextualize them in relation to such practices. We seek to quantitatively visualize these children, parents and wet nurses through charts based on adoption and vital records.

Keywords : children; adoption; history; concepts.

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