Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Latin American mss. Nicaragua, 1603-1857, consist primarily of items concerning Nicaragua's independence from Spain and its short-lived federation with Mexico. The principal correspondent is Miguel Gonzalez Saravia, the last Spanish governor of Leon, Nicaragua, and later a member of the Diputacion Provincial de Nicaragua y Costa Rica. An account of the Battle of Rivas in 1856 is given by Cornelius Cadwell in a letter of October 25, 1857 to H. Darlington. Several letters also relate to the Catholic church in Nicaragua during the nineteenth century. Other correspondents include Manuel Antonio de la Cerda, Nicolas Delgado, Nicolas Garcia Jerez, Juan Bautista de Jauregui, Juan Jose Quinones, and Francisco Quinones Sunzin. The few seventeenth century items deal with the Franciscan missions and privateering.

Collection size: 38 items

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