(GYPSY MULE CLIPPERS IN SPAIN LITHOGRAPH BY VILLAIN) In Provence it seems the Gypsies were welcomed. It is there that they first began to be called Bohemians. The Spanish nobility protected the Gypsies at first. Gypsy women were adored for their beauty and seductive charms; Gypsy men were admired as excellent judges of the quality of horses, and hired by nobles to procure them for their stables. But in 1499 King Charles expelled all Gypsies from Spain, under penalty of enslavement.