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Miguel Bravo de Acuña Papers

Identifier: SMC-331


This document is Miguel Bravo de Acuna's extensive will. It contains 75 bequests or requests regarding the distribution of his wealth including: 1) a bequest of 100 pesos to the Redemptionists to be used for the ransoming of an impoverished noble held by the Moors, or barring that, anyone named Miguel so held; 2) various sums to the cities of Valladolid, Spain, and Lima, Peru, for the clothing and housing of impoverished noble men and women; and 3) 1000 pesos to the Franciscan convent administered not by the Franciscans but by one of Bravo's friends. There are also the usual bequests to relatives, to convents to endow a poor female applicant, etc. Also, the list of debts and monies owed Bravo is impressive and extensive, which explains why he is able to be so generous in his will. The last item in the listing of property relates to joint holdings with a business partner: He clarifies that he has sold two black slaves and has been paid for them. Bravo de Acuna's will is written in Spanish and has a round stain on the first page, apparently from a class or cup having been set down on it with coffee or tea either being spilt or present on the bottom of the container.


  • 1624


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No restrictions. Open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Miguel Bravo de Acun was a reformed corrupt official and at the time of this document a novice in the Fanciscan convent in Lima, Peru.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Aquisition Information

Purchased from Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Company, May 2006 Post Office Box 9356, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124

General Physical Description note

The document is written in several clear notarial hands. There is a round stain on the first page, apparently from a glass or cup having been set down on it with coffee or tea either being spilt on present on the bottom of the container. The edges of the pages are a little worn, but overall it is in very good condition.


Inventory of Miguel Bravo de Acuna Papers
Christina Cannon
March 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

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