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Pasana, Manuel Felipe (Captain)
Senor. El Capitan Manuel Felipe Pesana dize, que viendo desvelo con que V.S. esta, para el major servicio de su Magestad, y de la causa publica en el despacho de Galeones y Flota y aguardar Azogues, y ser necessario, para la seguridad de nuestras Naos, po
N.d. [c. 1680]. N.p. [Spain]. Folio, (308 x 220 mm). 8 pp. Unbound, entirely genuine and virtually perfect condition, untrimmed.- Seemingly unique memorial addressed to King Charles II by Captain Manuel Felipe Pasana regarding his position as agent of the Spanish Crown in the Portuguese city of Faro in charge of informing the Spanish authorities, including the consulate of Cadiz about the presence of enemy fleets and corsairs. This is the occasion for outlining the history of these incursions since the 1640’s to the date of the memorial. Pasana, who had informers who helped him in his task along the coast towards Spain, recounts episodes of Spanish losses at the hands of the English, French and Turkish corsairs. He recounts, for example, the case of a Galician ship obliged to take refuge in Faro because of the weather; a French corsair ship “Saint Joseph” captained by Monsieur Bullon, also anchored in the port, only had to follow the Galician ship when it departed to take as booty. The city of Faro was in a strategic position providing free entry not only to manu Spanish ships coming especially from America but also to ships of Spain;s enemies. This made it an ideal place to collect information about the numbers, armament and intentions of the latter thus protecting not only the American fleets coming but also all Spanish navigation from the northern Spanish coast of the Atlantic in route to the Mediterranean and vice-versa. Autograph signature of Pasana, addressing it to Don Juan Ximenez de Montalvo y Saravia, Alcalde de Corte de su Magestad … [Click Below for Full Description]
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