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AUCTION 20

Signed by the Duke of Alburquerque

1. ALBURQUERQUE, Francisco Fernández de la Cueva Enríquez (Duke of). Printed decree regulating privileges given in exchange for a loan, signed by Alburquerque, text commencing: D. Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva Enrriques, Duque de Alburquerque Marqués de Cuellar... Por quanto su M. (que Dios Guarde) se sirvió expeder la Real Cedula del thenor siguiente --- EL REY Duque de Alburquerque...Virrey Governador, y Capitan General de las Provincias de la Nueva-España, y Presidente de mi Audiencia Real de México, ò a la persona, ó personas acuyo cargo fuere su Govierno: Atendiendo al servicio que me hizo Don Juan de Barreneche de tres mil pessos escudos de plata.... [at end] Fecho in México à seis de Agosto de mil setecientos y diez años.... Mexico, August 6, 1710. 4 pp. (printed on pp. 1-3), folio, stamped sealed paper dated 1710-1711. Boldly signed by the Duke of Alburquerque. With other official signatures and contemporary ink notations. A few stains and wormed (latter mostly confined to blank margins, although there are a few minor losses to about five words).

     This royal order is signed by the person for whom the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was named, Francisco Fernández de la Cueva Enríquez (ca. 1655-1733), Marquéz de Cuéllar, the tenth Duke of Alburquerque and viceroy of New Spain from November 17, 1702, to January 14, 1722. In 1706 the Duke of Alburquerque granted to Francisco Cuervo y Valdés the right to settle thirty families at the royal outpost village which became the city of Albuquerque. (The first “r” was dropped sometime in the nineteenth century.) The town was located in the Rio Grande Valley and was the third town established in New Mexico by the Spanish. ($500-1,000)

Sold. Hammer: $500.00; Price Realized: $587.50

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