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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Colonial Documents of Mexico, Durango

Coahuila, Mexico

Embila, Martín de, died 1737(?), Guatemala

Insaurrandiaga, Josef, 1780s, Nicaragua

Viceroyalty, letters, 1603-1822, Peru

Sánchez de Olivera, Pedro de, 1614-1678, Philippines

Spanish Documents , 1568-1795

Vienna Dictionary extra (undated copy)

Southern Methodist University

Paul P. Steed, Jr. collection of Spanish America and Philippine documents

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Steed, Paul P. Jr.
Title: Paul P. Steed, Jr. collection of Spanish America and Philippine documents
Inclusive Dates: 1568-1840
Abstract: The Paul P. Steed, Jr. collection consists of correspondence, official documents, wills, petitions, edicts, dispatches, reports, expense records, ecclesiastical certificates, royal provisions, land grants, and other papers relating to the conquest and administration of Spanish America (Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru) and the Philippines. Included are papers related to San Juan del Rio; Durango, Mexico land disputes (1659-1764); court records from Coahuila, Mexico (1814-1840); Viceroyalty letters from Peru (1603-1822); Pedro Sanchez de Olivera correspondence (1611-1678) related to Mexico and the Philippines; Central American colonial entrepreneur Juan Fermín de Aycinena collection (1761-1777); Quetzaltenango records (Guatemala, 1783-1785); Doña Ana de Arrollave y Beteta expedients (Guatemala, 1760-1784); Josef Insaurrandiaga papers (Nicaraugua, 1780s); estate inventory for conquistador of Mexico Gonzalo Cerezo (d. 1568 Spain); a Gregorio Moneo patent signed by King Ferdinand VI of Spain in 1747; and Martin Fernandes de Navarrete manuscripts (Villa de León, Spain, 1765-1844).
Accession No: A1980.0157
Extent: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in Spanish
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

Spain’s presence in the Western Hemisphere began with Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage to the Caribbean seeking a westward route to Asia. Columbus (like others who followed him) failed to find such a route, but did claim the island of Hispaniola for Spain. In the next thirty years the Spanish also explored and established settlements in Jamaica and Cuba.

Spain’s fortunes in the Americas improved dramatically in the 1520s with the conquest of Mexico. Conquistador Hernando Cortés entered Mexico and defeated the Aztec Empire based in the city of Tenochtitlan in 1521. The former Aztec capital, rebuilt and renamed Mexico City, became the principal Spanish city in the Americas. Spain established a more formalized system of government there by designating Mexico as a viceroyalty. The viceroy, appointed by the Spanish monarch, was the chief administrator of the colony, but also shared decision-making with an audiencia, which functioned both as a court and as a sort of advisory body for the Spanish colonial government.

The incredible wealth that Spain gained as a result of the conquest of the Aztecs prompted other explorers to investigate other regions of the hemisphere in the hopes of duplicating what Cortés had done. In Central America, Spain established settlements in Panama around 1519. In 1531, Francisco Pizarro led a military force against the Inca Empire in Peru, and a second viceroyalty was created in Lima in 1543. There, the viceroy controlled most of Peru and Bolivia as the Spanish moved farther into the South American interior. Through the rest of the 1500s, Spain continued to explore its claimed territories in the Americas and refine its method of governance. Another viceroy was appointed in 1739 to administer New Granada, comprising parts of present-day Panama, Columbia, Venezuela, and Ecuador; and a fourth viceroyalty was created in 1776 to oversee Argentina.

Spain’s rapidly-expanding empire also grew to include possessions in Asia, most significantly the Philippines. Spain maintained bases in the Philippine islands as a stopping-off point in its growing commerce with China. Manila was founded in 1571, and Spanish galleons began regularly traveling not only between Europe and points in the Americas, but also between the Pacific coast of the Americas and Asia. The vast supply of precious metals in the American colonies enabled Spain to buy silk and other luxury items from China—to the extent that goods purchased in China bound for European consumers followed routes across the Pacific to the Americas and then across the Atlantic.

Spain, possessing a truly worldwide empire of colonies and trading posts, remained powerful into the 1600s. Its dominance of the Western Hemisphere, however, was challenged by England and France as they began establishing colonies of their own in North America. Weak leadership from Spain’s monarchy, a faltering domestic economy, and attacks upon its colonial possessions and silver-laden ships en route to Europe all reduced Spain’s ability to control events. Most Spanish colonies in the Americas gained independence in the 1820s and 1830s, and Spain lost her last three possessions—Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines—to the United States in 1898.

Sources:

Chamberlain, Muriel E. The Longman Companion to the Formation of European Empires: 1488-1920. New York: Longman, 2000.

Raudzens, George. Empires: Europe and Globalization, 1492-1788. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing, 1999.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Materials in this collection come from Mexico, Central America, Peru, and the Philippines during (and in some cases, after) the period in which they were Spanish colonies. Most of the papers are concerned with the personal business and/or financial affairs of individual citizens in the colonies; although, the collection does contain some correspondence from the viceroy of Peru (Series 5) and some local governance records from Guatemala (Series 3).

The collection is arranged into eight series according to the principal person and locale detailed in the papers. The time period for the papers extends from about 1568 until 1840, but most of the collection dates from the 1700s. Included are papers related to San Juan del Río, Durango, Mexico land disputes (1659-1764); court records from Coahuila, Mexico (1814-1840); Viceroyalty letters from Peru (1603-1822); correspondence from Pedro Sánchez de Olivera (1611-1678) related to Mexico and the Philippines, and papers from Central American colonial entrepreneur Juan Fermín de Aycinena (1761-1777) in Guatemala.

Additionally, the collection contains Quetzaltenango records (1783-1785, Guatemala); papers from Doña Ana de Arrollave y Beteta (1760-1784, Guatemala); and Josef Insaurrandiaga (1780s, Nicaragua); the estate inventory for conquistador of Mexico Gonzalo Cerezo (d. 1568, Spain); the Gregorio Moneo letter patent signed by King Ferdinand VI of Spain in 1747; and manuscripts from sailor and historian Martín Fernándes de Navarrete (1765-1844, Villa de León, Spain). Some, but not all, of the papers are numbered related to indicated Steed volumes, the origin of which is unknown, i.e. 00-14.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 8 series:
Series 1:Colonial documents of Mexico, Durango, San Juan del Río, 1659-1764
Series 2: Coahuila, Mexico, Cuatro Ciénegas, 1814-1840
Series 3: Embila, Martín de, died 1737(?), Guatemala
Series 4: Insaurrandiaga, Josef, 1780s, Nicaragua
Series 5: Viceroyalty, letters, 1603-1822, Peru
Series 6: Sánchez de Olivera, Pedro de, 1614-1678, Philippines
Series 7: Spanish Documents , 1568-1795
Series 8: Vienna Dictionary extra (undated copy)

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Navarrete, Martín Fernández de, 1765-1844.
Fermín de Aycinena, Juan, 1729-1796.
Sanchez de Olivera, Pedro.
Insaurrandiaga, Josef.
Moneo, Gregorio.
New Spain -- Politics and government -- Sources.
Peru (Viceroyalty) -- History -- Sources.
Mexico -- History -- Spanish colony, 1540-1810 -- Sources.
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 19th century -- Sources.
Philippines -- History -- 1521-1812 -- Sources.
Letters patent.
Cerezo, Gonzalo.
Spain. Sovereign (1746-1759 : Ferdinand VI)

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Related Material

La conquista de Mexico…

A1980.0054c

Diego Pelaes letters

Mss 0014c

Spanish legal documents, 1546-1590

A1988.1500c

Sierra Gorda Missons papers, 1749

A1988.1491c

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul P. Steed, Jr. collection of Spanish America and Philippine records, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1964. This collection was originally compiled by Paul P. Steed, Jr., a collector of books and documents related to Spain and the empire. No further information on Mr. Steed could be found when the finding aid was written.

Processing Information

The collection was arranged when purchased and further organized in 2009 by Anne E. Peterson. Curatorial notes in the files were copied on acid free paper and filed with the documents; originals were put in the accession files. Earlier processing information is unknown.

Finding aid written by

Anne E. Peterson and Paul H. Santa Cruz, 2009 with contributions by Aaron Sanchez.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Colonial Documents of Mexico, Durango
21 folders

Durango, Mexico; San Juan del Río, 1659-1764, land disputes, Steed vols. 006-1 through 006-22
This series contains letters, deeds, cédulas, manuscript copies of cédulas, expense records, petitions, royal provisions, ecclesiastical certificates and other instruments pertaining to land transactions and title disputes in Durango, Mexico. In particular, the documents detail the two ranching areas known as Cienga Grande and Mageuyes (Maguelles) of the Valle of Guatimape in the jurisdiction of San Juan del Río in the colonial Reino de Nueva Vizcaya.
Families primarily involved were the Valensuelas, Ontiberos, Quiñones and the Valdez. Prominent names mentioned and/or signed in this collection include Capt. Juan de Ayala Urena, Juan Pedro do Valenzuela, Doña Maria Guadalupe Díaz de Valdez (widow of Don Sebastian de Quiñones), Domingo de Ayala, Pedro de Campolargo, Manuel de Guemes (land judge of Nueva Vizcaya), Francisco de Inurrigarro, Jacinto do Inurrigarro, Matias de Soto, Juan Salvador Bejeirra (López do Orina y Zarate), Felíz de Urritia, Mariano Maranon, Balthasar Hugues San Martín, Antonio Berdinos, Francisco de Echeverría, Benitos de la Campo Cos, Mateo Antonio de Mendoza (Col. of the Dragones), Juan de Amil y Feijoo (Feisoso?), Juan Balentin Díaz de Valdez, Diego do Orozco, Diego Manuel de la Campa Cos, Gabriel Sanchez Genero, Miguel de Valenzuela, Lucas de Quiñones, the Barrajas and the Hortiz de Ibarguen, Luís de Quitana, Ignasio de Vargas, Francisco Díaz de Valdez, Dionisio de Vargas, and Luís Pedro Rosales.
The series also includes a “Quenta de lo que tango gastado en el seguimiento del pleyto de tierras que he seguido de los herederos de Don Antonio Berdinos contra Doña Isabel de Alsapalos son los siguientes…”; a mutilated royal executive pronouncement of King Phillip in the plea of Francisco de Inurrigarro vs. Miguel de Valenzuela, of which the seal is mutilated, document dated 1706; a report of a visita by Sr. Oidor Don Martín de Blancas pertinent to the case of Doña Maria Guadalupe Díaz de Valdez dated May 8, 1754, Durango, with signatures of Balthasar Hugues San Martín, Juan de Amil, Sr. Arcedeano, and Joseph Cuenca (escribano publico); and a manuscript copy of a letter dated 1547, Nueva Vizcaya, from Bartolome de Arriola.
Most of the documents pertain to the Hacienda de San Miguel de Guatimape and surrounding area, but some information exists on the Hacienda de Sta. Maria Magdelena in the Valle de Sauseda.

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Series 2:
Coahuila, Mexico
1 folder: 7 items

Court records, Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila, Mexico; 1814-1840
Informes, petitions and formal criminal charges relating to citizens of San José de Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila, Mexico, involved in unfair business practices or victims of unjust procedures and laws. Francisco de Cárdenas, for example, needs a revocation of the water ruling in order that his wine cellar will profit. There are Royal stamps on the first two items, and the stamp of the Free State of Coahuila y Tejas is used on the remainder.

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Series 3:
Embila, Martín de, died 1737(?), Guatemala
4 folders

Folder
1
Embila, Martín de; died 1737(?)
Testimony, December 23, 1737.
Forms part of the Guatemala [Audiencia] Collection.
Front leaf: “Año de 1737, testimonio. De los autos de indentario y abaluo de los bienes que quedaron por fin y muerte de Don Martín de Embila, alcalde mayor que fue de los partidos de Atitan y Tecpan Atitan… Juez. El. gen. Don Josef de Berroa, alcalde mayor y teniente de capitán general de los. partidos por S.M. por…”
Reference made to the ley 42 de el Libro 2 título. 32 with mention of Antonio de Paz y Saigado and Padre Nicolas Infante, and also Francisco de Orozco Manrique de Lara de consejo de S.M. and later mention of the date May 23, 1735, in Solola, and April 18, 1735, in Ciudad. de Santiago de Guatemala. Signed by Joseph de Berroa (alcalde mayor de Solola), Antonio de Zuazua y Muxica, Manuel Guenoica and Joseph Trellel (?), Dec. 23, 1737. Manuscript on parchment. Sewn but without cover, Steed 005-III.
Folder
2
Fermín de Ayzinena, Juan; 1761-1777
(Regidor y Depositario General. de Santiago de Guatemala, 1761-1777; records form part of the Guatemala [Audiencia] Collection)
Letters, petitions, edicts, testimonies, and other instruments including a royal confirmation by the king of the nomination of Juan Fermín de Ayzinena for the position and title of general public treasurer and councilman of the cabildo of the city of Guatemala. Most of the documents were signed in Guatemala, but some from Mexico City and one from Madrid.
Important names mentioned and signed: Don Alonso Fernández de Heredia (Governor of Guatemala from 1761-65), Dr. Felipe (?) Romana y Henera, Juan Chrisortomo Rodriquez de Riuas (Contador), Don Manuel de Llano (tesorero), Manuel de la Barrera, Alejo Maningue, Fiburcio Angel de Toledo, Manuel de Guinea, Diego Holgado (visitas fiscales), Domingo López de Vinelo Caballero, Pedro Ortiz de Bettona, Lucas Martín Garcia (escribano público), Joaquín de Concuera (Gran Canciller. Madrid), Antonio López Penalves y Alcala, Diego Beteta, Diego Arrollave, and Joseph de Echeverría.
Others named include Francisco Ortiz (procurador for Ayzinena), Manuel Fernándes de Cordova, Jacobo Formoze, Thomas de Arroyave, Francisco Pacheco, Ignacio Guerra Marchán, Joseph Rodrigo Carballo (escribano receptor), Juan de Acuña (Márquez de Casafronte, Viceroy of Mexico), Baltazar García de Mendiente Rebollo (escribano mayor de Cabildo, Justicia y Regimiento, Dc. de Puebla de los Angeles), Manuel de Agesta (depositario general de la Ciudad. de Mexico), Juan Gil de Barrio, Manuel de Pinillos, Antonio de Santa Cruz, Pedro Loaisa, Bentura de Nexera, Pedro Josef Micheo.
Folder
3
Arrolave y Beteta, Doña Ana de, d. 1735?
Expediente, 1775-1784
(Forms part of the Guatemala [Audencia] Collection)
Various legal instruments and letters dated from June 26, 1775 to June 4, 1784, concerning the executorship of the estate of Doña Ana de Arrollave y Beteta and the legal determination of the rightful heirs. Includes inventories of her property and wealth.
Most of the documents written in Nueva Guatemala with one dated from Chiapas. Wax seal attached to L. 200. Foliation changed in places. “Imbentario y abaluo…de Doña Ana de Arrollave y Beteta…” LL. 301-304.
Names signed on the various instruments include: Manuel de Cordova, Francisco Valdez (attorneys), Diego Arrollave y Beteta (brother of Doña Ana), Miguel de las Assurisas, Christoval de Gálves, Juan Painsa Bianco, Rita Poso, Nicolas Tasinto, Antonio López Penalvez y Alcala, Doña Petrona Abadurrea, Manuel del Castillo, Josef Rodriguez Carballo, Francisco Josef de Cazerez, Bentura Beteta, Josef Antonio de Taurigril, Josef de Echaverría, Antonio de Talavera, Ignacio Guerra Marchán, Dionisio Garcia de Gálvez, Miguel Joseph Gonzales, Josef Maria Francisco de Paula Ponze de Leon y Corina, Josef Solorzano, Josef Maria Toscano, Joseph Manuel de Laparte, Thomas Arroyave y Beteta, Antonio Sánchez, Juan Josef de Medina, Nicolas Ortiz de Petrona (Letrona?), Josef Sabino Alcares, Juan de Leon, Barbara de Arrollave, Gabriel de Estrada, Juan Josef de Zubillaga. Sewn but without cover.
Folder
4
Quetzaltenango (Guatemala) records, 1783-1785.
Royal orders
(Forms part of the Guatemala [Audencia] Collection)
Official letters, dispatches and reports of local administration of Quetzaltenango and Solola in the Reino de Guatemala including royal decrees and expedients from the governor’s office with corresponding index. This folder also includes treasury reports, parochial inventories of silver and gold items and their value in all the village churches in the jurisdiction, and other matters concerning marriage, a proposed banking system, and royal births.
Some of the other places named are Chimaltenango, Sta. Catarina Sumilde, Guatemala Cd., Chalatenango, Asunción, San Martin Sacatepeques. Most frequently named men: José de Estacheria (Governador), Jose Domingo Salgado (?) (Alcalde mayor de Solola), Fernando de Corona (Corregidor de Quetzaltenango), Hernández de Corona, Juan José Ortiz, Torre (?) Dominguez Hidalgo, Ignacio de Castro, José Manuel de Laparte, José de Gálvez (Min. de las Indias), Ignacio de Guerra Marchán. Most of the papers are dated 1783 or 1784, though there are a few for 1785. “Indise de lo que contiene el libro número 12 de Reales Ordenes” on first leaf. Bound in vellum.

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Series 4:
Insaurrandiaga, Josef, 1780s, Nicaragua
1 folder

Insaurrandiaga, Josef, 1780s
Papers, 1779-1787, Nicaragua
Manuscripts concerning Josef Insaurrandiaga’s meritorious service
“…subteniente de la compania disciplinada de Blancos Milicianos de esta plaza…,” second lieutenant of a company of white (European/Spanish/not Indian) militiamen] on a trip from Portovelo up the Rio de San Juan de Nicaragua to inspect the Castle of the Immaculate Conception under the leadership of Brig. Agustín Crame which lasted one year and sixteen days and subsequent recommendations for a higher office than Subteniente, Steed 004.
Also included are manuscript copies of two letters from Manuel Antonio Flórez (viceroy?) and one from Ramón de Carbajal commending his service and authorizing his appointment to a better position. Other names mentioned or signed include Manuel Narciso Sanguillen, Josef de Gálvez, Josef Perez Davila, Juan Evaristo de Jesus Borbua, Victoriano Larrea, Francisco del Alcalde, Josef Betegon, Juan Aldrete, Francisco Cardehno and Domingo García.

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Series 5:
Viceroyalty, letters, 1603-1822, Peru
1 folder: 22 items

Peru, Viceroyalty letters, 1603-1822
Lima and Huancavalica viceregal letters and decrees signed by: Luís de Velasco, Luís Jeronimo Fernández de Cabrera (Conde de Chinchon), Luís Enríquez de Guzmán (Conde de Alba de Liste), Diego Benavides y de la Cueva (Conde de Santisteban), Pedro Fernández de Castro (Conde de Lemos), Baltazar de la Cueva Enráquez (conde de Castellar), Melchor de Linan y Cisneros (Arzobispo de Lima), Melchor de Navarra y Rocafull (Duque de la Plata), Melchor Portocarrero Lasso de la Vega (3rd Conde de la Monclova), Jose de Armendariz (Márquez de Castelfuerte), José Antonio Mansi de Velasco (Conde de Superunda), Manuel de Amat y Junyent, Agustín de Jauregui y Aldecoa, Teodoro de Croix, Francisco Gil de Taboada y Lemos, Ambrosio O’Higgins, Gabriel Avilés y del Fierro, José Fernando de Abascal, Joaquín de la Pezuella y Sánchez, Jose de la Serne e Inojosa.
This series also includes a special license signed by Joaquín de la Pezuella y Sánchez, 39th Viceroy of Peru, stamped with his seal, authorizing Archival Shannon, Captain of the English Brigantine “Nightingale” to import merchandise to Lima (1820).

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Series 6:
Sánchez de Olivera, Pedro de, 1614-1678, Philippines
1 folder: 15 items

Correspondence, Sánchez de Olivera, Pedro de; 1607-1632
Don Pedro Sánchez de Olivera arrived in the Philippines in 1607 from New Spain in the company of Captain Francisco Lopez Toledo. He served under his command until 1609 when he was sent by Governor Don Juan de Silva to China to purchase a Galleon and munitions for the royal armada. After his arrival from that expedition on July 24, 1610, he served under Captian Pedro de Ochoa Lobarrieta until September 14, 1611. Sanchez then entered the company of Francisco Hidalgo, departing in January of 1612. He was promoted to second lieutenant by virtue of decree of Governor Silva on February 1, 1612. Sánchez held this post under the command of Captain Pedro de Ochoa Lobarrieta until 1615 when he was sent on a mission in the royal armada to find Dutch enemies in the strait of Singapore. Again in April of 1616 Sánchez left with the royal armada in search of Dutch ships in the region. After four months at sea, Sánchez was named second lieutenant by the new governor, Alonso Faxardo de Atensa, to a new company under command of Captain Bernabe del Castillo. He went out to sea as second lieutenant from March 1617 to August 1617, in search of the Dutch. After serving in various posts, Sánchez was promoted to Captain in 1620. He served both in Manila and on the seas and on July 29, 1624 he was promoted to lieutenant captain of sea and land. He served this post until 1632 when he acquired permission to return to New Spain from Governor Don Juan Nino de Fabora.
“Papeles de los servicios hechos a su magestad por Don Pedro Sánchez de Olivera desde el año de 1607 hasta el de 1632.” This series contains papers and letters mostly dated from Manila, but also includes some from Mexico and Spain. Olivera, a simple soldier, fought in the company of Capt. Francisco López Toledo, and later Capt. Pedro de Ochoa Lobarrieta, Francisco Hidalgo, Juan de la Cueba, Capt. Don Diego de Ascueta Minebaca, Capt. Gen. Don Alonso Henriquez, Bernave del Castillo, Gov. Don Alonso Faxardo, Gen. Don Juan Ronquillo, Don Juan Manuel de la Vega, Don Geronimo de Silva (Capt. Gen. of the Philippines), and Don Juan Mina de Fabora.
Includes a document by King Philip IV to Pedro Sánchez de Olivera. This is a recommendation from the King of Spain for Pedro Sánchez to the Viceroy of New Spain to accommodate Sánchez because of his services, dated May 7 1634 (Sánchez left for New Spain after spending 25 years in the Philippines).
Other items relate to Lucas de Vergara, Don Juan de Silva, Martín Ruiz de Salazar (contador de la Real Hacienda of the Philippines) and possibly some documents about Sanchez’s relatives.

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Series 7:
Spanish Documents , 1568-1795
4 folders

Folder
1
Cerezo, Gonzalo, died 1568
Estate inventory, 1568
A typed translation by Paul P. Steed, Jr., Dallas, Texas, of the inventory for the estate of a conquistador, Gonzalo Cerezo, signed by Gaspar de León, Seville, Spain, notary, February 2, 1568. Among his possessions noted in the manuscript were fur, two silver saddle cloths, silver earrings, goblets and salt cellars, books and other items. Cerezo was a conquistador in Mexico.
Folder
2
Original Cerezo estate inventory and an incomplete 20th century letter in English describing the estate.
Folder
3
Letter Patent, Spain, November 19, 1747
Moneo, Gregorio, f. 1747
Patente (letter patent) signed by King Ferdinand VI of Spain, November 19, 1747, calling for a Dragoon Regiment of Taragon, Don Gregorio Moneo. Royal seal attached. Verso signed by Joseph Fueles (Fieles ?) Collantes, dated Nov. 20, 1747.
Folder
4
Manuscript index, Spain, 1795
This is an index of manuscripts, dated from 1492 to 1605, copied by Senor Navarrete in 1795. Each entry is a short description of a manuscript in the collection he is indexing. The DeGolyer Library does not have the actual collection, only the index. Entries range from accounts written by Christopher Columbus to the king and queen of Spain to Hernando Cortes writing of his exploits in Mexico to Diego Velasquez complaining of Cortes’ actions, etc. Navarrete title on spine: MSS de Navarrete sobre la descubrimiento de las Indias. “Kingsbrough’s Ms” on front fly leaf. “Phillips Mss 1795” on third leaf recto. “24732” partially erased and marked through on front fly leaf, Steed 001. The beginning section says: “Yndice [sic] de los manuscritos copiados por el senor Navarette en la commission que se le encargo en Sevilla y se comprehenden [sic] en 17 tomos colocados en ellos por orden de descubrimentos a que corresponden, y las materias de que tratan, y ordenados cronológicamente.”
Index of the manuscripts copied by Senor Navarette in the commission which he was charged with in Seville, included are 17 volumes, organized by order of discovery, the material of which they are about, and chronologically.
Navarrete en la comisión que se le encargó en Sevilla y se comprehenden en 17 tomos colocados en ellos por orden de descrimientos a que corresponden, y la material de que tratan, y ordenas cronologicamente. [Villa de León, Spain, 16 de octubre de 1795]

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Series 8:
Vienna Dictionary extra (undated copy)
1 folder

Vienna Dictionary extra, undated Photocopy of a Vienna manuscript dictionary, possibly copied by William Gates in Spanish and an unknown dialect.

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