Memorial al Rey y a su Real Consejo de Indias..., 05/25/1665-05/25/1665
Collection-level Scope and Content Note
The Paraguayan Jesuits Collection consists of 20 manuscript and 4 printed documents ranging in date from 1639 to about 1744. A number of the manuscripts deal with the employment of Indian laborers from the Jesuit 'reductions' on the fortification of the ports of Buenos Aires; others touch on the incursions of hostile Indians against the reductions. A major emphasis of the collection, however, is on the continuing struggle between the Jesuits and the antagonistic representatives of the Church and the Spanish government.
There are manuscripts giving detailed responses to the anti-Jesuit memorials of Diego de Villalon (envoy to Spain of Archbishop Bernardino de Cardenas) in the 1650's; rebutting the charges brought by Martin de Barua in the 1730's; and, finally, a very lengthy 'examen' of the manifesto written by the Redemptorist Miguel de Vargas Machuca, dating from about 1740 and providing in its course a rather full survey of the Jesuits' difficulties with their ecclesiastical and governmental opponents. A brief survey of the available histories indicates that previous historians may not have been aware of all but two of the documents.
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From the Collection: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: Spanish; Castilian
1 AMs sheet containing a memorial from four Jesuits to the King and his Royal Council of the Indies concerning work done by Indians on the port of Buenos Aires and the harsh treatment they received and a detailed discussion of the wages they received. The Jesuits who signed the memorial were Francisco Velasquez, Simon de Leon, Sebastian de Carrion and Lope de Castilla. Reference to Juan Arias de Saavedra, an encomendero (holder of an encomienda). Probably an original document.
Subjects and Associated Physical Materials
PARAGUAY -JESUIT ACTIVITIES: Other Types
KING OF SPAIN - CORRESP. TO: Autographed Letter
INDIANS - WORK CONDITIONS - REFERENCE: Other Types
SAAVEDRA, JUAN ARIAS DE - REFERENCE: Other Types
BUENOS AIRES, PORT OF - REFERENCE: Other Types
VELASQUEZ, FRANCISCO DE, S.J. - MEMORIAL: Other Types
LEON, SIMON DE, S.J. - MEMORIAL: Other Types
CARRION, SEBASTIAN DE, S.J. - MEMORIAL: Other Types
CASTILLA, LOPE DE, S.J. - MEMORIAL: Other Types
REAL CONSEJO DE INDIAS - CORRESP. TO: Autographed Letter
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