3 December 2003
FERDINAND V (1452-1516) and ISABELLA I (1451-1504, 'the Catholic'), King and Queen of Spain (of Castile from 1474 and Aragon from 1479). Document signed ('Yo el Rey' and 'Yo la Reyna'), a decree addressed to the judicial authorities, navigators and merchants resident or temporarily resident in their kingdoms or in Spanish waters, Medina del Campo, 10 June 1494, in Spanish, 18 lines written in brown ink, one page, 310 x 220 mm, contemporary endorsements and signatures on verso (traces of seal light stains in upper portion, professional repairs at edges).
The Sovereigns order that Captain Inigo de Artiega's ship should be freighted in preference to, or at the same rate as, other merchant vessels sailing from Spanish ports. Three days earlier, on 7 June, Spanish and Portuguese commissioners meeting at Tordesillas had subscribed articles of agreement on their countries' respective rights of navigation and discovery in the western seas, a convention made necessary by the implications of Columbus's return from his first voyage to the Americas in September 1493.
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