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Mexican Inquisition Papers
mssHM 35095-35182, mssFAC 14-17  
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Original records of 93 trials from the archives of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Mexico.
The Mexican Inquisition was an extension of the institution in Spain which had been originated by the papal bull of Sixtus IV in 1478. The Supreme Council of the Spanish Inquisition originally controlled both the local tribunals in Spain and those in the colonies. In 1571 the Holy Office was established as a separate body in Mexico. The purpose was to detect and try heretics or persons guilty of any offense against the church (including violations by priests) and to investigate the blood lines and genealogy of individuals aspiring to positions of trust in the Church or government.
49 volumes, 8 boxes, 4 facsimiles
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