Santa Fe Capitulations

Documentary heritage submitted by Spain and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2009.

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The register of the series Diversorum Sigilli Secreti 9. [Cathalonie et Insularum], which contains The Santa Fe Capitulations (folios 135v-136v), is a document from the Royal Chancery of the King of Aragon, comprising documents stamped with the secret seal and issued by the secretary Juan de Coloma. It begins in November 1490 and ends in December 1493 (with two documents from 1498 and 1503 added at the end). It is a unique document that represents all the Chancery Registers in the Archive of the Crown of Aragon regarding the culture, society, institutions and proceedings of 15th-century Europe. This register corresponds to the current catalogue number of the Archive of the Crown of Aragon: Royal Chancery, Registers, No. 3,569.

The Santa Fe Capitulations is a Royal Chancery document containing the Capitulations Christopher Columbus signed with the monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile in Santa Fe de la Vega on 17 April 1492, a few months after the capture of Granada. The Capitulations lay down the conditions under which Columbus was to set off on his first voyage, which involved the discovery of America in the same year.

  • Year of submission: 2007
  • Year of inscription: 2009
  • Country: Spain
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