Manuscripts

Note: regarding the manuscripts of the guides to Las Siete Partidas, Las Leyes de las Indias, Las Leyes Destos Reynos, represent the legal edifice upon which the Spanish empire was based. Historians seldom delve into the details of these sources, in no small part because of their volume and organization. Together they represent about 20,000 laws, some with many clauses. Though these codes can be difficult, they represent the parameters within which all colonial administrators, and inhabitants, operated, lived, and defined the parameters of authorized behavior. Also included with the guides to these three major codes are summaries of the topics and number of laws in each book or chapter, and each author. Also included in the manuscripts are the ordinances that applied to all Central American colonies from 1568 to independence, and arguably for a time thereafter. This compilation is the fine work of colleague Jorge Lujan Munoz, who consented to it being reproduced on this web page. The Law of Intendentes, 1787, is also included. They were the last major reworking of administrative and financial laws and procedures before independence. They are rarely cited specifically because they have never been published. The original certified copy of the Law of Intendentes was for years kept in the Archivo General de Centro America in Guatemala City. This certified manuscript disappeared sometime around 1979, and the almost identical Laws of Intendentes for Buenos Aires is presented instead, in digital form.



Rúbrica de Alonzo Lopez de Cerrato

Fue nombrado como reformador de los abusos de los gobernadores y de la Audiencia de los Confines.  Hizo la primera tasación de indios en 1548.  Para Nicaragua se ve en la Coleccion Somoza, tomo 14, página 357 et al. Fue muy capaz y fue…