The grist for the mill of historical research is original documents. Continued commentary and interpretation is valuable, but there is no substitute for access to primary documents to encourage original historical research. Over the years several trips to the archives of Central America have yielded several thousand pages of digitized documents of colonial, Nicaraguan history. The Archivo General de Centro America, or AGCA, located in Guatemala City, is a magnificent treasure trove of information on Central America. It contains, reportedly, two kilometers of shelves and perhaps two million documents. The documents are original, handwritten documents. They are catalogued under a system invented by Maestro Pardo, Director of the Archives. There are many cabinets of card catalogues that are remarkably easy to use. The Nicaraguan document collection, surely not the largest group of documents, is comprised of perhaps 300,000 pages of documents of all sorts and degrees of legibleness. The reader´s indulgence is requested as some of the photographs are not as clear as desired. The documents cover several topics.
The documents below are from the AGCA with the exception of the first document, a report by Captain Morris and Henry Morgan on their sacking of Granada in 1665. It is written in English and legible, and contains interesting information on Granada, its inhabitants, and the route the pirates took to sneak up on Granada. Documents will be added periodically as they are compiled.