Manuscript/Mixed MaterialPhilip II letter, 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
Manuscript/Mixed MaterialKing Philip II grant of arms, 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 - Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress)
- Date: 1566
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Manuscript/Mixed MaterialBartolomé 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
Manuscript/Mixed MaterialHernán Cortés power of attorney, 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 - Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress)
- Date: 1526
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Manuscript/Mixed MaterialPedro Menéndez de Avilés sailing order, 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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Manuscript/Mixed MaterialFrancisco Pizarro response to a petition by Pedro del Barco, 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 - Barco, Pedro Del - Valverde, Vicente De - Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress)
- Date: 1539
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