Description[Colonial Texas Military Commander]. Bernardo Bonavía y Zapata Manuscript Edict Signed on seal paper. One page, 12" x 17", Durango, dated July 7, 1802. Untranslated, but content regarding land values, and mandating that land claims be settled and cultivated within a year. With seals from the reign of both Carolus IV and Carolus III along the left margin, and signed "Berndo Bonavía". With dockets beneath and on verso indicating that edict has been copied and printed . With single vertical and horizontal folds and a few creases, otherwise near fine.
Bonavía was appointed governor of Texas in 1788, but did not serve because his services were needed elsewhere. He was appointed governor-intendant of Durango in 1796, in which capacity this document is signed. He would later serve as military commander of Texas beginning in 1809.
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