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    Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sailing order, 1572 July 3 In the age of piracy on the high seas, sailing instructions were top-secret documents upon which rested the security of the king's fleet and his treasure. Here, Menéndez de Avilés, governor of Florida, gives Don Cristóbal de Eraso complicated and detailed instructions for sailing to Spain on the Buenaventura with his fleet, via the islands of Flores and San Miguel. He is admonished not ...
    • Contributor: Menéndez De Avilés, Pedro
    • Date: 1572

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    Hernán Cortés power of attorney, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Power of attorney (DS) appointing agents to act in his interest in a residencia hearing ordered by King Charles as an investigation into his administration. Written at Tenustitlan (Tenochtitlan), Mexico.
    • Contributor: Cortés, Hernán
    • Date: 1526
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    Francisco Pizarro response to a petition by Pedro del Barco, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Pedro del Barco petition (on the verso) requests inspections of encomiendas before instituting reforms regarding repartimientos. Pizarro's response, signed in Cuzco, Peru, is counter-signed by Fray Vicente de Valverde, Bishop of Cuzco.
    • Contributor: Pizarro, Francisco
    • Date: 1539
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    Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sailing order, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available In the age of piracy on the high seas, sailing instructions were top-secret documents upon which rested the security of the king's fleet and his treasure. Here, Menéndez de Avilés, governor of Florida, gives Don Cristóbal de Eraso complicated and detailed instructions for sailing to Spain on the Buenaventura with his fleet, via the islands of Flores and San Miguel. He is admonished not ...
    • Contributor: Menéndez De Avilés, Pedro - Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1572
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    Francisco Pizarro response to a petition by Pedro del Barco, 1539 Apr. 14 Pedro del Barco petition (on the verso) requests inspections of encomiendas before instituting reforms regarding repartimientos. Pizarro's response, signed in Cuzco, Peru, is counter-signed by Fray Vicente de Valverde, Bishop of Cuzco.
    • Contributor: Pizarro, Francisco
    • Date: 1539

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    Philip II letter, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available ALS, written in Madrid, to Pedro Moya de Contreras, Archbishop of Mexico. Philip II complains to the Archbishop of Mexico City about his practice of appointing monolingual priests to Indian benefices. Philip had previously ordered the archbishop not to appoint clergy unskilled in Indian tongues. Despite the king's command, the archbishop had still allowed many monolingual priests to hold Indian benefices. At best, these ...
    • Contributor: Philip II - Eraso, Antonio De. - Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1578
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    Hernán Cortés power of attorney, 1526. Power of attorney (DS) appointing agents to act in his interest in a residencia hearing ordered by King Charles as an investigation into his administration. Written at Tenustitlan (Tenochtitlan), Mexico.
    • Contributor: Cortés, Hernán
    • Date: 1526

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    King Philip II grant of arms, 1566 Nov. 25. Illuminated grant of arms (1 p., accompanied by 19 p. of text with endorsements) conferring nobility on Alonso de Mesa and Hernando de Mesa in recognition of their service to the Crown. Signed "Yo el Rey." Illumination is multi-colored/gilt (12 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in.) depicting Madonna and child, cornucopia, bird, butterfly, flowers, cherubs, and mounted knight in-arms with sword and herald.
    • Contributor: Philip II
    • Date: 1566

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    Philip II letter, 1578 Dec. 2. ALS, written in Madrid, to Pedro Moya de Contreras, Archbishop of Mexico. Philip II complains to the Archbishop of Mexico City about his practice of appointing monolingual priests to Indian benefices. Philip had previously ordered the archbishop not to appoint clergy unskilled in Indian tongues. Despite the king's command, the archbishop had still allowed many monolingual priests to hold Indian benefices. At best, these ...
    • Contributor: Philip II
    • Date: 1578
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    Bartolomé de las Casa statement of opinion, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Statement of opinion (AMs) sent to Emperor Charles V for presentation to the Council of the Indies. Topics include Spanish policies to the Indians of the New World, including conquest, conversion, servitude, and slavery.
    • Contributor: Casas, Bartolomé De Las
    • Date: 1542
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    King Philip II grant of arms, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Illuminated grant of arms (1 p., accompanied by 19 p. of text with endorsements) conferring nobility on Alonso de Mesa and Hernando de Mesa in recognition of their service to the Crown. Signed "Yo el Rey." Illumination is multi-colored/gilt (12 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in.) depicting Madonna and child, cornucopia, bird, butterfly, flowers, cherubs, and mounted knight in-arms with sword and herald.
    • Contributor: Philip II
    • Date: 1566
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    Hernán Cortés grant of dowry, Catalog Record Only In this document, Hernando Cortés justifies a large dowry to Doña Isabel, the late Emperor Montezuma's (1480?-1520) eldest daughter, when she married a nobleman of considerable standing in New Spain. Cortés recounts the importance of Montezuma's aid to the Spanish during the conquest of Mexico. Cortés, who served as guardian for Montezuma's daughters and as Captain General of New Spain, was a generous trustee, ...
    • Contributor: Cortés, Hernán
    • Date: 1526
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    Oueen Isabella order, Catalog Record Only Order (ADS) to her steward, Sancho de Paredes, regarding a mourning costume for a servant, Beatrice Galindo. Written in Granada and signed "Yo la Reyna." Countersigned by the queen's secretary, Gaspar de Trizio.
    • Contributor: Isabella I
    • Date: 1501
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    Isabel Pérez de Arteaga deposition, Catalog Record Only Depositions in notarial hand related to Pérez de Arteaga's claim of encomienda rights as the legitimate daughter and first child of Juan Pérez de Arteaga, a captain of Cortés, and his wife Angelina Pérez, with witness depositions by early settlers of New Spain. Document pertaining to the claim of Pérez de Arteaga, a Mexican woman. The widow of Diego Román, she was born and ...
    • Contributor: Pérez De Arteaga, Isabel
    • Date: 1597
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    [Action for legal remedy based on the privilege of nobility]. Catalog Record Only Ms. In Spanish. Ornate certified copy of official transcript of proceedings in the successful action brought in Mexico City in 1598 before the royal magistrate (corregidor) by Juan Gutierrez de Peralta and Alonso de Peralta for release from prison and relief from other pressures to which they were subjected because of debt; includes record of the action by Lorenço Sanchez which had led to ...
    • Contributor: Gutierrez De Peralta, Juan
    • Date: 1599
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    Hernán Cortés order, Catalog Record Only Order of payment (DS) to sailors Juan Montan̋ez and Lorenzo Rodríguez for service on ships in the southern seas.
    • Contributor: Cortés, Hernán
    • Date: 1528
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    Libro de las memorias y cappellanias perpetuas, Catalog Record Only Record book of the first chantries (endowments of money or property, in exchange for masses to be held).
    • Contributor: Convento De Nuestra Señora De La Concepción (Mexico City, Mexico)
    • Date: 1567
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    Will of Juana Colón y Toledo, Catalog Record Only Includes references to the disputed title of Duque de Veraga y Marquesado de Jamaica, and to funds held in Panama. Written in Madrid.
    • Contributor: Colón Y Toledo, Juana
    • Date: 1591
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    Derrotero al estrecho de Magellanes, Catalog Record Only Map course to the Strait of Magellan dating from Ladrillero's voyage of 1557-1559.
    • Contributor: Ladrillero, Juan
    • Date: 1573