Translation of set on in Spanish:

set on

  • 1verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento (attack) atacar*, agredir* he was set on by thieves fue atacado por ladrones
  • 2verb + object + preposition + object/verbo + complemento + preposición + complemento we set the dogs on him le echamos or le lanzamos los perros she set a private detective on him contrató a un detective privado para que lo siguiera
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.