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Title Documents pertaining to the Hacienda de Santa Inés, property of the Jesuits of the Colegio de Tepotztlán [manuscript] 1567-1745
Document Type Official Record; Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Papers, dated 1567-1745, relating to various legal disputes over ownership and boundaries involving the Hacienda Santa Inés, acquired in 1608 by the Jesuits of the Colegio de Tepotzotlán. The papers document the changing ownership of the lands in the pueblos of Jaltocán, Tultepec, Cuautitlán, and Zumpango that made up the Hacienda Santa Inés. Titles to some parcels can be traced to the early mercedes or land grants of the viceroys, such as the grants of 1567 to Juan de Cuevas and Domingo Ximenez, the latter bearing the autograph signature of Gaston de Peralta, the marqués de Falces. Other parcels were acquired by the Colegio from Juan Antonio de Covarrubias, Pedro Hernández de Alfaro and Carlos de Herrera, as indicated by various bills of sale and receipts for land payments. Several petitions from the numerous lawsuits in which the Colegio was involved list their land purchases, with location, date of acquisition, and previous owners. There is also an executory decree of July 10, 1571 from the Real Audiencia, upholding a decision in favor of the Indians of Zumpango in a case with the Indians of Jaltocán, over the boundaries of the estancia of Sacacomulco and a nearby lake, property which the Jesuits subsequently bought from the Indians of Zumpango. There are decisions in boundary disputes between the Colegio and an adjacent landowner Matheo Perez, and in cases of 1725 and 1745, between the Colegio and the Indians of Jaltocán. Financial statements of the Colegio for 1642 summarize its sources of income, such as livestock, wool, and grain; its expenditures, such as building repairs; and its outstanding debts.
Places Santa Inés Hacienda, Tepotzotlán, Mexico
Keywords litigation, trial, history, land grant, land tenure, deed, property, New Spain, colonialism, Jesuit
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1801
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue