Studies in the Administration of the Indians in New Spain: I. the Laws of Burgos of 1512 and II. The Civil Congregation

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Author: Simpson, Lesley Byrd (1891-1984)

Year: 1934

Publisher: University of California Press

Place: Berkeley


viii+130 pages with 12 plates and 2 maps (one folding). Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") issued in original publisher's blue wrappers with black lettering to front wrapper. Ibero-Americana number 7. First edition.

The document reproduced in the following pages is a contemporary copy of the lost Laws of Burgos. This famous code is well worth studying; it was the first comprehensive attempt to regulate relations between Indians and Spaniards and is, in effect, the adumbration of the policy that was finally codified in the Recopilacion de las leyes de Indias. Its application here is that it contains the relatively complete plan for the reduction of the Indians to villages, which is the subject of the second part of this paper. In the transcription here undertaken the spelling and punctuation have been modernized ad some errors of the copyist have been corrected. Where the text of the Preamble has been damaged at the foot of the first folio the lacunae have been supplied from the text as given by Las Casas. These and other interpolations have been set off in brackets.


Edges chipped, front wrapper beginning separate else a very good copy.

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