The arrival in our country of foreign nobility which was intransigent with the culture and language of Galicia, a drop in population, the loss of autonomy of the Galician church, ... gave impetus to the process of decline of Galician and prevented its consolidation as a literary language.

In the eighteenth century the so-called "enlightened" voices expressed their concern for the normalization of Galician. The most outstanding figure in this group was Frei Martín Sarmiento.

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