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Title Admission del pueblo de Mission de Santo Thomas de Tucupio [manuscript]: entregado por los RR[everendos] PP[adres] Capuchinos, y su ereccion en parroquia secular. Año de 1798
Document Type Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: A compilation of various records, reports, and proceedings, some copies, some originals, which together document the incorporation of Santo Tomás de Tucupido, originally a Capuchin mission-pueblo, into a secular parish in 1798. The account begins with a copy of a royal cédula of August 10, 1787, concerning the naming of magistrates as local authorities for the missions, followed by an order of October 21, 1790 from the Fiscal to undertake a thorough inventory of church possessions and a census of all residents. Included is the descriptive inventory of the churches, their chapels, convent, and all furnishings contained therein, produced in 1791 by Pedro Víctores de la Cueba, local magistrate and surveyor, and Father Félix Granada, president of the mission. There are also lists of the Indians and Spaniards of the mission, indicating name, age, marital status, number of children, and number confirmed. Some documents describe the lands turned over to the Indians, how the land will be divided up among the families, how the town will be governed, and the contributions from the royal treasury to the town for church maintenance. Other records from 1797 and 1798, signed by church officials, such as the bishop of the diocese, Juan Antonio de la Virgen María y Viana, deal with doctrinal questions and confirm and accept the conversion of the mission into a secular parish. There is also a colored map, showing the Chaguaramas district, Tucupido, lands given to the Indians, and a table of population statistics for 1791.
Places Tucupido, Venezuela
Keywords missionary, Christian, religion, church, history, government, politics, census, Franciscans, secularity, proclamation, inventory, land tenure, map
Theme Missionaries and Education
Language Spanish
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1893
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue