In the sixteenth century, while the conquistadors depicted the New World and robbed him of the gold that would enrich the Church and finance the European wars of the crown of Spain, Casa Lonja, also called Casa de Contratación, and now Archivo de Indias, housed the tracts between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. It was sort of the Colonialism Scholarship for merchants, or some kind of colonial ministry. Classified as the World Heritage Site, the Renaissance building was built between 1583 and 1598 by the great architect of the Escurial, Juan de Herrera on a project by Juan de Mijares y Alonso de Vandelvira, then in the eighteenth century, he was continued by Miguel de Zumárra Aga. Since 1784, the home of a beautiful patio has been home to the archives of the Indes, estimated at about 90 million documents, accessible only to researchers who will find inexhaustible information mines. However, there is an idea of the progress of the Latin American continent's discoveries by consulting plans and maps. One of the first maps, that of the Gulf of Mexico, developed in 1519, as well as an array of Goya representing the portrait of Queen María Luisa, can be admired. The memory on the history of the Americas will also be refreshed, as a very well-designed exhibition offers major signs and developments in the relations between the New World and Spain.
A board, enter it to admire the large staircase and the layout of the rooms, but the best is to visit them when they host an exhibition to highlight the documents, around a particular theme.
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