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The New Indias Law of 1542

The New Indian Laws of 1542 or "New Indian Laws and ordinances newly made by their majesty for the governorship of the Indies and good treatment and conservation of Indians" are a compilation of the legislation that has been applied in the New World since the beginning of the conquest.

Biography of Blasco Núñez de Vela

Biography of Blasco Núñez de Vela Location of birth: Blasco Núñez de Vela was born in 1495 in Ávila (Spain) Location of death: Blasco Núñez de Vela died on January 18th,1546 in Quito (Virreinato del Perú). Positions held: - Corregidor of Málaga and Cuenca. - Gentleman of the Order of Santiago. - First captain general of the Indian

Biography of Gonzalo Pizarro

Biography of Gonzalo Pizarro Location of birth: Gonzalo Pizarro was born in 1510 in Trujillo (Cáceres - Spain) Location of death: Gonzalo Pizarro died on April 10,1548 in Cuzco, Peru. Positions held: - Governor of Quito from 1540 to 1542. - Lieutenant governor general of Cuzco in 1544. - Governor of Peru from 1544 to 1548. - Encomendero en

Biography of Francisco de Vitoria

Biography of Francisco de Vitoria Location of birth: Francisco de Vitoria was born on 1492 in Burgos (Spain). Location of death: Francisco de Vitoria died in August 12th,1546 in Salamanca (Spain). Positions held: - Professor of Theology in Paris and Valladolid. - Càtedra de Prima of the University of Salamanca in 1523. Most relevant facts starring Francisco de

Biography of Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany

Biography of Carlos I Location of birth: Carlos I was born on February 24th,1500 in Ghent, Flanders, Holy Roman Empire Germanic. Location of death: Carlos I died on September 21th,1558 in the Monastery of Yuste (Cuacos de Yuste - Spain). Positions held: - In 1515 he was appointed governor of the states of the Habsburg House:

Fernando Magallanes Biography

Fernando Magallanes Biography Location of birth: Fernando de Magallanes was born in 1480 in Sabrosa (Porto - Portugal). Location of death and burial site: - Fernando Magallanes died on April 27,1521 on the island of Mactan (Philippines) in a military action against some natives. His remains are lost. Exercised charges: - Fernando Magallanes was a Portuguese

The Burgos Laws of 1512

As I already mentioned in the entry on the Request in the Spanish crown, serious concerns had arisen about the ill-treatment of some encomenderos against the Indians. These facts would delegitimize the conquest and colonization of the new lands, since this legitimation was based on the papal bulls of

Governor Bobadilla and Columbus to Castile

After the investigation in which the bad habits of the admiral Christopher Columbus and his brothers in government were made very clear, Bobadilla set about his task without further delay. He tried to normalize relations between the Spaniards and the Spanish government by granting everything in his power so that

The Residencia Trials, the power against the power

A legal institution that played a major role in the political management and real control over the officials who performed their functions in the New World was the Residencia Trial. This was a judicial procedure by which officials of a certain rank (Virreyes, Presidents of Real Audiencia, mayors and bailiffs)

Contour of Cuba sailed by Sebastián de Ocampo

It's the year 1508. Once the political and economic situation normalized in the Hispaniola island Nicolás de Ovando ordered to extend the borders of the new Castilian lands sending expeditions to Cuba and Borinquén (now Puerto Rico). For the first expedition, he sent the Galician navigator Sebastian de Ocampo. On this

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