Feb 28, 2006 - Sale 2068

Sale 2068 - Lot 10

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TWO IMPORTANT SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH MANUSCRIPTS (ASIENTO DOCUMENT.) Signed "Yo La Reyna," by Maria Ana de Austria, dowager queen of Spain, regarding the agreement granted to Domingo Grillo and Ambrosio Lomelin for the exclusive right to import African slaves into the Spanish colonies. Folio leaf, folded to form four 4to pages, written on three and docketed on the fourth. Expert archival conservation with repair to the vertical center fold; official Spanish stamps on first and last page; written and signed by scribe Gabriel Bernardo de Quiros. with another, related document. Madrid, 3 July 1673

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Lomelin and Grillo were Genovese merchants who, in 1663, were granted the exclusive right to import African slaves to the New World via the three main ports of the Spanish colonies: Cartagena, Portobelo and Veracruz. This document addresses the issue of the sale of slaves in places not specifically agreed to in the contract, discusses payments and audits, and acknowledges the difficulties and risks to this traffic posed by pirates and "enemies of Spain"--an allusion to British privateer ...


Lomelin and Grillo were Genovese merchants who, in 1663, were granted the exclusive right to import African slaves to the New World via the three main ports of the Spanish colonies: Cartagena, Portobelo and Veracruz. This document addresses the issue of the sale of slaves in places not specifically agreed to in the contract, discusses payments and audits, and acknowledges the difficulties and risks to this traffic posed by pirates and "enemies of Spain"--an allusion to British privateers out of the West Indies. The king of Spain at this time was Carlos II, but because of physical and mental impairment, the Queen Dowager, Maria Ana de Austria, conducted affairs of state.