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10 early Portuguese manuscript legal documents, some related to Brazil

FONSEQUA (FONSECA?), Diogo de.

[10 legal documents; drop-title on the first:] Sentença que se deu no feito em que Federico Alv[a]rez Varajão demandou ao Coronel. Diogo da Fonsequa.
[Lisbon?, ca. 1605 (the texts dated 8 September 1580 to 1 February 1601)]. Folio. Each document occupies a single leaf, written on one or both sides and with one exception each is dated (8 September 1580-1 February 1601).

€ 1,500

A contemporary copy of 10 legal documents, all concerning Colonel Diogo de Fonseca. He may also be the merchant Diogo da Fonseca of Porto, who traded in Brazil around 1600 then returned to Porto, and/or the "mulatto" Diogo da Fonseca on the Cabral estate in Brazil: see Ebert, Between empires: Brazilian sugar ... 1550-1630 (2008), p. 69, and Metcalf, Go-betweens and the colonization of Brazil: 1500-1600 (2005), p. 230. The other parties in these legal cases include João Roiz de Sousa (Portuguese ambassador to England), Jorge d'Albuquerque Coelho (1539-1601), governor of Pernambuco from 1582, the poet Jerónimo Corte-Real (1533-1588), Gaspar Pereira, De Crasto, Gaspar Barbosa, Antonio Sanihez, Antonio Cerqueira, Diego de Carcamo, Manoel Correa, Diogo de Sousa and Jeronimo Pero Barbosa.
The first (as numbered) concerns Africans: "... á sua quinta com os Africanos que á ella foráo, ...".
Only three of the documents have drop-titles:
[1r:] Sentença que se deu no feito em que Federico Alv[a]rez Varajão demandou ao Coronel. Diogo da Fonsequa
[9r:] Mui Magcos sore...       
[10r:] Ireslado da provisão de Sua Magestade em que nomeou ivizes pa á causa do prometor fiscal contra dom Auto Prior que foi do Crato
[incipit 1r:] Acordam em relacao vistos estes autos libelo do A Frco Alurez varajao contrariadade do Deo DdF, com os mars artigos, ... á sua quinta com os Africanos que á ella foráo, ...
In very good condition.

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