DescriptionAgustin de Echeverz y Subisa, the First Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo, Manuscript Document Signed. Original manuscript orders signed twice "Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo", 2pp. on sealed paper (with two seals, the second one dated 1684), 8.5" x 12", Cadereyta, February 8, 1685, ordering the construction of a canal. Document states that upon having arrived in Cadereyta during his general inspection visit, he has been informed by Father Joseph Moliendo of the San Francisco Convent of the dire short supply of water and the resulting hardships. He states that the town population had been guaranteed a water supply, and charges that the officials have properly addressed the problem. The lack of Indian labor available to the townspeople, only adds to make the situation unbearable. Thus, it is ordered that all laborers and Indians must begin construction of a canal so that within fifteen days it will be completed and that the water be distributed equitably. Fines for non-compliance are listed.
A second signed order commands that the notice be posted in all public places. Additionally signed by Juan Bautista Chapa (signing twice), Antonio de Leon, and Nicolas de Ochoa de Elejalde, who was then municipal president of Monterrey. Juan Bautista Chapa is now known to have written an early history of Nuevo Leon, Historia del Nuevo Reino de León de 1650 a 1690, which had previously been uncredited. Chapa served under Alonso de Leon and accompanied him on his missions into the northeast regions, including the mission that resulted in the discovery of the ruins of the French settlement at Fort St. Louis.
Document has frayed edges and paper loss especially at bottom affecting approximately 5 lines, but not continuity and content. Also, dampstaining at left margin, otherwise very good. This document was executed at Cadereyta, about 100 miles from the Texas border, and where Alonso de Leon would launch several of his expeditions into Texas beginning the year after execution of this document. From the Taking of Texas Collection.
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