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General Archive of the Indies

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  • View of the exterior of the General Archive of the Indies. Seville © Turespaña

    View of the exterior of the General Archive of the Indies. Seville © Turespaña

  • Vault inside the General Archive of the Indies. Seville © Turespaña

    Vault inside the General Archive of the Indies. Seville © Turespaña

  

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Avenida de la Constitución, 3 (Edificio de la Lonja)
41071 Seville
Seville, Andalusia

Telephone+34 954500528

Fax+34 954219485

Websitehttp://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html

The General Archive of the Indies came into being in 1785 at the behest of King Charles III, for the purpose of collecting in a single place all the documents referring to the colonies in the Indies, which had until then been dispersed around the towns of Simancas, Cadiz and Seville.

 

It is housed in the emblematic building known as the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes in Seville, built by the architect Juan de Herrera. It contains over 43,000 documents, with some 80 million pages of original papers which occupy eight linear kilometres of shelving. These collections comprise an exceptional source which provides the opportunity to scrutinise over three centuries of the history of America (from Tierra de Fuego to the southern United States) and Asia (the Philippines).

 

Essential works

  • 48 examples of cards from the Royal Factory of Macharaviaya. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    48 examples of cards from the Royal Factory of Macharaviaya

    Cards for this popular pastime, made by the factory which exclusively controlled the production destined for America.

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  • Capitulations of Santa Fe. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    Capitulations of Santa Fe

    The signed agreement between Columbus and the Catholic Monarchs regarding the project to find a new western route towards the East Indies.

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  • Handwritten letter from Christopher Columbus to his son Diego. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    Handwritten letter from Christopher Columbus to his son Diego

    Most of Coumbus' private letters conserved in the Archive are addressed to his son Diego.

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  • Catalogue of European fabric samples. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    Catalogue of European fabric samples

    The most delicate and luxurious fabrics in such demand by the elite society in the colonies came from European countries such as France and Holland.

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  • Pre-Columbine cultures. Mayan ruins of Palenque. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    Pre-Columbine cultures. Palenque Mayan ruins

    The city of Palenque, in the eastern mountains of Chiapas, was already abandoned when Mexico was conquered

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  • Inca coat of arms. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    Inca coat of arms

    Coat of arms awarded by the Emperor Charles V to Don Cristóbal Paullo Inca, on 9 May 1545.

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  • Christopher Columbus' coat of arms. General Archive of the Indies © Ministerio de Cultura

    Christopher Columbus' coat of arms

    Enlargement of the coat of arms granted to Columbus by the Catholic Monarchs as a recompense for his services.

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Collections

The collections in the archive can be accessed through the Portal of Spanish Archives (PARES), created for the purpose of disseminating over the Internet the Spanish Historical Documents conserved in its network of centres.


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