[MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE SPANISH EMBASSIES IN PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK, AND ITS CONSULAR OFFICE IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, 1797 - 1817]. [with:] [LOG OF SHIPPING ACTIVITY FROM NORFOLK TO CUBA AND OTHER PORTS, 1817 - 1840]
1840·Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; New York
by [Spanish-American Diplomacy]
Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; New York, 1840. Two volumes. 259;77 leaves. Folio. Correspondence stitched with green twine, outer leaves browned, with a few small areas of paper loss. Log book bound in half sheep and marbled boards, somewhat soiled and worn, front board detached, rear cracking, text lightly tanned and foxed. Newspaper clippings tipped onto front pastedown and laid in. Good. A large collection of retained copies of letters and other transcribed documents and records in secretarial hand maintained by Antonio Argote Villalobos, the Spanish Consul at Norfolk, Virginia from 1797 to 1817. Most of the letters are addressed to Josef Ignacio de Viar and Carlos Martinez de Irujo, Spanish ministers to the United States during the last decade of the 18th century and the beginning of the 1800s who played a key role in maintaining diplomatic ties between the two countries during the early years of the Republic. Because of Spain's continued colonial presence on the North American continent in Florida and west of the Mississippi, as well as its involvement in almost continual conflict with France and England, diplomatic relations with the United States were almost invariably tense. The hundreds of letters herein contain a wealth of information about U.S. westward expansion, its purchase of Louisiana, and the effects of and reactions to the wars between European colonial powers during a critical period. Also present is a manuscript log book reporting the shipping activity of Spanish vessels arriving from and bound for Cuba and other colonial ports from 1817 to 1840. It contains a detailed record of ships, cargoes, and their values coming in and going out of the port of Norfolk, kept in order to comply with United States customs, import, and export laws, newspaper copies of which are tipped onto the front pastedown of the volume. A valuable account of early diplomatic and economic relations between Spain and the United States.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51920)
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