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#215 - Ferdinand and Isabella Estimate: $5,000+

Choice letter from the rulers of Castile, signed on the seventh anniversary of the Columbus landing

Exceptional LS in Spanish, signed “Yo el Rey," [I the King] and "Yo el Reyna," [I the Queen], one page, 8.5 x 9, October 12, 1499. In full (translated): "Our municipal royal representative in the noble town of Valladolid. By a patent letter or ours that we are sending to that town, we are ordering that they send their parliamentary representatives to wherever we may be on the twentieth of November next coming, as you will see at greater length in our said letter. We therefore order that you endeavor to see to it that they choose their parliamentary representatives from among those who seem to you to have better intentions, and bring it about that in any case they come on the day we order and that the powers they bring are very complete and in accordance with our said patent letter and the memorandum that accompanies it with the signature of Miguel Peres Dalmacan, our secretary." Signed at the conclusion by the king and the queen, and countersigned by Dalmacan. In fine condition, with a small repair to a seal-related tear at the very start of the king's signature. A decidedly crisp letter signed by both the king and queen of Castile, dating to the seventh anniversary of Columbus’s landing on ‘the new world.’ On October 12, 1492, the flagship Santa Maria, searching for an alternate trade route to Asia, sighted a Bahamian island. Upon landfall, Columbus claimed the region in the name of his benefactors, Isabella and Ferdinand, and called it San Salvador, which means ‘Holy Savior.’ The place name of this letter also holds great interest, as Valladolid, the de facto capital of Castile and Leon, was where Isabella and Ferdinand were married on October 19, 1469, and where Columbus died in 1506.

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