circa 1800 - circa 1850. A Slow Awakening: The Muse of the People

The popular insurrection and the anti-Napoleonic war (1808-10) that followed as a consequence, paved the entrance to the contemporary age. The popular mobilization in the guerrilla war and the subsequent animated ideological debates during the liberal periods in the emerging press and through libelous articles (1812-14, 1820-23, 1834-...) gave rise to a greater use of the Galician language, although it was basically circumstantial and propagandist, since the language was used mainly in Dialogues, Debates, Conversations and Colloquiums. On the other hand, literary cultivation developed very slowly, with dissemination limited to the circulation of manuscripts.