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Por Don Ivan de Zvbiavrre contador de su Magestad con la Señora Doña Mencia de Cardona, viuda de Don Luis de Paredes, del Concejo de su Magestad en el de Castilla,y de las Indias
s/e, s/l 1646 - "17th Century Lawsuit About an Encomienda Granted to by the Governor and Captain General of Yucatan". Folio; 11 leaves; modern quarter parchment.Apparently unrecorded imprint. With autograph signature of Esteban de Prado. Prado was active in Spain between 1630 and 1650. He was described in the Indice de Ingenios de Madrid by the playwright Pérez de Montalban (1632) as 'letrado ingenioso, agudo y luzido, haze estremadíssimos versos, y tal vez por divertirse de mayores estudios ha escrito algunas comedias con mucho arte'.Prado was in charge of defending don Juan de Zubiaurre, a royal accountant, in a lawsuit (pleito) related to the encomienda that had been granted to him by the Governor and Captain General of Yucatan, Diego Zapata de Cardenas. This encomienda had previously been granted to Juan Esquivel, maestre de campo, in lieu of a reward for his services granted to him in 1607 of 2000 ducats to be paid from the taxes on the clove traded from Terrenate in the Maluku Islands (Moluccas) which had failed to materialize. The encomienda was subsequently inherited by his daughter, Madalena Esquivel. The encomienda was then passed on to Zubiaurre in 1638. Further confusion ensued when Doña Mencia de Cardona was granted the same encomienda in 1641. This lawsuit illustrates the degree of confusion which reigned in the allocation of rewards for servants of ther Crown. Zubiaurre was among those who obtained excellent rewards. In 1648 he became superintendent of the Mines of Almaden and on the following year he was granted 1500 ducats from the extraction of mercury from the Mines of Almaden. The lawsuit shows the vast reach of the reward system which was able to offer rewards from places as far away as Yucatan and Indonesia to Almaden in Spain. Calotmut, the location of the encomienda, was known as Calotmul by the Mayans and still bears this name. The Spanish conquistadores regarded it as an important area and granted it its own jurisdiction and province.
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