TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 30 cm.
COMPONENTS: 16 pages. In black ink; Colonial sealed paper
CONDITION: Very good condition.
ITEM ID: 2898
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Mexican Colonial “Pureza de Sangre”

DATE
Year: 1820
Decade: 1820s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

A “pureza de sangre” (Purity of Blood) manuscript. It was made during the Mexican War of Independence, a year before Mexico actually became independent, and so probably left the Grantee with little use for it.  Endorsed by “Juez El exmo. Señor comandante, General Gobernador e Yntendente Nacional”.  Dr. Ignacio P. Duran de Huerta y Gastelú (1799-1868), was the director of the Medicine School at an important stage of the Mexican medical history during the nineteenth century. Dr. Duran remained little more than twenty years in charge of the management of that school. Duran was distinguished for having devoted much of his professional life to the administration of the Medicine School of Mexico.Ignacio Duran was a vocal founder of the Establishment of Medical Sciences; in 1834 he was appointed diplomat; was sent to France as secretary of the Mexican legation and later to Italy with the same charge. He joined the faculty in the establishment in 1838 and in 1841 was a substitute teacher for external pathology, acquiring tenure in 1845, the year in which he also taught legal medicine. He was founding member of the National Academy of Medicine in 1864, where he served as Vice President, in the years 1865 and 1866. It should be noted that he was music lover, and founded the Philharmonic Society Mexicana, precursor of the National Conservatory of Music.