Finding Aid to the Bula Sobre del Mar Oceano, Mayo 4, 1493 (Copy) MS.726

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson; Cheryl Miller
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 November 15


Title: Bula Sobre del Mar Oceano, Mayo 4, 1493 Copy
Identifier/Call Number: MS.726
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1915-1916
Abstract: This is a hand-written copy made circa 1915 by Frederick Webb Hodge of the Papal Bull issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493 regarding the "Line of Demarcation." Document is in Spanish.
creator: Alexander, VI, Pope, 1431-1503
creator: Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956

Preferred citation

Bula Sobre del Mar Oceano, Mayo 4, 1493 Copy, circa 1915-1916, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.726.

Processing history

Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 15, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Custodial History

Note on front cover verso: Dr. Hodge gave this copy to Lummis about the time they worked together on the Benavides Memorial, between 1915-1916. Received in Library 1943.

Scope and Contents

This is a hand-written copy made by Frederick Webb Hodge of the Papal Bull issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493 regarding the "Line of Demarcation." Document is in Spanish.
This bull addressed the definition of a meridian west which all lands "found and find" belong to the kings of Castile and Leon. This was a change favorable to the Catholic Monarchs over the brief Inter cetera, which had stipulated that belonging to the Castilian crown were only lands discovered by sailors Castilians. Other minor additions were a clearer reference to mainland (terras signatures) and words of praise to Columbus.
The Bull Inter Caetera defines the territories given to Castile and Leon in the following way "... All islands and mainlands discovered and undiscovered, found and find, to the west and south, making and forming a line from the Arctic pole, namely the north, to the Antarctic pole, namely the south, they are both on the mainland and on islands discovered and undiscovered to India or to another anywhere, which line gave any of the islands that are called vulgarly the Azores and Cape Verde hundred leagues towards the west and the south, which by another king or Christian prince were not already owned prior to Christmas day of our Lord Jesus Christ last, in which begins this year, 1493 ... "

Acquisition

Donated to the library as part of the Charles Fletcher Lummis collection, 1932 December. Dr. Hodge gave this copy to Lummis about the time they worked together on the Benavides "Memorial" -- 1915-1916.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Demarcation line of Alexander VI
Land tenure -- Latin America
Land tenure -- North America
Manuscripts
North America -- Discovery and exploration