La colonia del Sacramento, su origen, desenvolvimiento y vicisitudes de su historia
Publisher: Imp. de la Editorial Catolica Toledana
viii+308 pages with errata. Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 1/2") bound in quarter leather with blue boards and gilt lettering to raised spine bands. Originally issued in wrappers which are bound in. Biblioteca de Historia Hispano-Americana. First edition.
Founded in 1680 by Portugal as Colonia do Sacramento, the colony was later disputed by the Spanish who settled on the opposite bank of the river at Buenos Aires. The colony was conquered by Jose de Garro in 1680, but returned to Portugal the next year. It was conquered again by the Spanish in March 1705 after a siege of five months, but given back in the Treaty of Utrecht. Another attack during the Spanish-Portuguese War, 1735-1737, failed. It kept changing hands from crown to crown due to treaties such as the Treaty of Madrid in 1750 and the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1777, until it remained with the Spanish. It then transferred to Portuguese control again, being later incorporated into Brazil after 1816, when the entire Banda Oriental (Uruguay) was seized by the government of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves and renamed the Cisplatina province. On 10 January 1809, before the independence of Uruguay, it was designated as a "Villa" (town) and has since been elevated to the status of "Ciudad" (city). Since independence Colonia del Sacramento has expanded to the north and east, but the original Barrio Historico (historic quarter) retains its irregular, terrain-fitting street plan built by the Portuguese, contrasting with the wider, orthogonal calles in the newer Spanish area.
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