Manuscript/Mixed Material Hans Peter Kraus Collection: Notarized copy of a cedula to the governors of Guatemala, Higueras, and Honduras and other justices in the Spanish Indies

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Title

  • Hans Peter Kraus Collection: Notarized copy of a cedula to the governors of Guatemala, Higueras, and Honduras and other justices in the Spanish Indies

Created / Published

  • Talavera, January 11, 1541

Headings

  • -  Latin America--History
  • -  New Spain
  • -  Slavery--Law and Legislation
  • -  Manuscripts

Genre

  • Manuscripts

Notes

  • -  It had been reported that some of the Spanish colonists were treating the Indians as slaves, causing a great disservice to God and harm to the Indians. Therefore, the royal justices are commanded to allow the free Indians to live with whomever they please and not to allow the Spaniards to enslave them. No one shall be allowed to keep such Indians in his house against their wills, to take them to their mines or farms or anywhere else, or to transfer their ownership. The person who sells them shall be fined half of his goods. So that everyone will know of it, the cedula is to be proclaimed by the public crier in the public gathering places. Any Indian who was not justly enslaved is allowed to live as a free man, and anyone who hinders him is subject to a fine of 100 pesos, half for his accuser and half for the Crown.

Source Collection

  • Hans Peter Kraus collection of Spanish American documents, 1433-1877

Repository

  • Manuscript Division

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Hans Peter Kraus Collection: Notarized copy of a cedula to the governors of Guatemala, Higueras, and Honduras and other justices in the Spanish Indies. Talavera, 1541. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mss31013-03300/.

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(1541) Hans Peter Kraus Collection: Notarized copy of a cedula to the governors of Guatemala, Higueras, and Honduras and other justices in the Spanish Indies. Talavera. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mss31013-03300/.

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Hans Peter Kraus Collection: Notarized copy of a cedula to the governors of Guatemala, Higueras, and Honduras and other justices in the Spanish Indies. Talavera, 1541. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mss31013-03300/>.