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Indigenous Census in 1670 Colombia Decree

Identifier: MSS-4330

Scope and Contents

This broadside from Boyacá, New Granada, (present day Colombia) describes a 1670 follow up visit concerning an Indigenous man living with his mother originally reported in a census conducted thirty- four years prior. The broadside is signed by the magistrate Rodrigo Zapata who certified the details. Written in Spanish.


  • 1670-06-25

Physical Description

Broadside is in good condition, with some minor wear along edges and in areas of previous folds. Delicate handling required.

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Biographical / Historical

The territory that became New Granada (present day Columbia) was first visited by Europeans in 1499. It was not until 1525 that the Spanish established a permanent settlement in coastal New Granada, named Santa Marta. Discontentment with the Spanish colonizers was almost immediate and strong within Indigenous Colombian communities. The Spanish presence in Colombia led to mass killings, forced assimilation, and controlled movements like keeping accurate and in-depth census information on Indigenous peoples. Struggles for independence surged in the 1700s as more territories in South America were colonized. Colombia declared independence on July 20, 1810, and was recognized as an independent state by the United States in 1822.


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Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Physical Description

Broadside is in good condition, with some minor wear along edges and in areas of previous folds. Delicate handling required.
Guide to Indigenous Census in 1670 Colombia Decree
October 2022
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Repository Details

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