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Most interesting

At this wonderful setting an interesting exhibition was put on. On its route I moved, without any difficulty to the Spanish history in the colonies.

Stunning original writings, maps and trade routes ... and of course, the wonderful stories of pirates, buccaneers...

Even at the entrance, it was amazing to look at this statue, which seemed to stare directly at the poster for this exhibition.
María Eugenia.
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Historic ensemble

Seville developed as a city following the discovery of America in 1492. It is when the city port became the first axis of communication with the new world. Because of this, the Guadalquivir is navigable almost until Cordoba and is protected from attack by sea (It is not open sea).

Seville became the capital of trade with the Americas. Every ship that came to the peninsula was subject to mandatory docking in Seville to record what it brought. Well, all these documents are found in the Archive of the Indies. It was created in 1785 by desire of King Charles III, in order to centralize in one place all documentation concerning the Spanish colonies that had until then been dispersed in various archives.

In October of 1785 the first documents began to arrive at the archive. Since then, the collections of the principal institutions related to the Indies, have converted the archive into the main document repository for the study of the Spanish administration in the New World and the Philippines. At the time of constituting the archive, they took the year 1760 as the starting date that differentiates the administrative from the historical, meaning that documents prior to this date had to be remitted to the Archive of the Indies.

Today, it is the largest existing archive on the activities of Spain in America and the Philippines. In it are stored historical information’s about politics, social, economy and attitudes, the history of the Church and art history as well as the geography of those territories.

It stores a large amount of priceless historical pieces: texts written by Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, the Basque Nunez de Balboa, Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro.

In 1987 it was declared world heritage by UNESCO along with the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Alcázar of Seville. A true historic ensemble that requires visiting when traveling to Seville.
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An ocean of culture

In the historical centre of Seville, opposite the cathedral and with the Plaza del Triunfo (Triumph Square) at its back, one finds this building that keeps documents relative to Spanish colonies and overseas territories since the eighteenth century. It is the largest archive on these colonies that exists.

The collection is digitized thanks to resources donated by IBM and can be accessed and reproduced in the building itself on demand.

Therein one can find manuscripts by Columbus, Pizarro, Cortes, et cetera. It has been a world heritage site since 1987. From their website it is possible to take virtual tours and visit virtual exhibitions too. A whole ocean of culture.
Antonio Ruiz García
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Information about General Archive of the Indies

General Archive of the Indies Phone Number
+34 954 500 528
+34 954 500 528
General Archive of the Indies Address
Avenida de la Constitucion, s/n
Avenida de la Constitucion, s/n
General Archive of the Indies Opening Hours
mon 9:30 - 16:45
tue 9:30 - 16:45
wed 9:30 - 16:45
thu 9:30 - 16:45
fri 9:30 - 16:45
sat 9:30 - 16:45
sun 10:00 - 14:00
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