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León Pinelo
Jean and Jay I. Kislak Collection
Antonio de León Pinelo,
Tratado de confirmaciones reales de encomiendas, ofisios i casos en que se requieren para las Indias Occidentales...

Madrid: Juan González, 1630.

León Pinelo was a judge, jurist, and one of the first bibliographers of the New World. In this treatise, he reviews the history of the granting of encomiendas - the right to extract tribute or labor from specific Indian groups - to Spanish colonists. León Pinelo surveys New Spain, giving information concerning each region's discovery and conquest. This text probably served as a manual for the Council of the Indies in their review of the legitimacy of encomienda grants.

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