MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Documents (Loose)
DIMENSIONS: 24 x 17 inches
COMPONENTS: 3 pages in folio
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ITEM ID: 2725
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Laws Against Vagabond Spaniards

DATE
Year: 1772
Decade: 1770s
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

A copy of a document concerning vagabond Spaniards. The original document was dated in 1585, and this copy was made in 1772It instructs the Viceroy of New Spain, as stated in his edict of May 1563, that amongst the Natives no vagabond Spaniards are allowed to live. This was also ordered in a previous edict of April 1550, because they were informed that single vagabond Spaniards that live in Indian towns cause them a lot of damage, such as taking by force their women and daughters, and their goods, and other intolerable things. To avoid these damages, the Viceroy must make sure that no such Spaniard shall live amongst the Natives, by punishing severely punishing infractions against this law, with no mercy. “And these lazy persons must live with persons where they should learn a trade, so they can earn their own sustenance. And if they refuse, some are to be thrown out of that country, so that those remaining will fear and do the right thing. And so I order and you will see that it is executed.” Dated in Madrid on May 2, 1563. Also, some “caciques” from tlaxcala have reported that the previous edict is not being obeyed. It also forbids from residing in this country people from the Levant, Greeks, portuguese and form any other nation, except Spaniards from Castille. This other part is dated in Barcelona March 19, 1583