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General Archive of the Indies - Archivo General de Indias Sevilla

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Seville is the largest city and capital of the autonomous region Andalusia and the fourth biggest city in Spain with a population of about 700,000 people. Because the city is situated beside the Guadalquivir river, Seville is home to the only river port in the whole of Spain, which was considered one of the most important ports in Europe up until the 18th century. In spite of the 50 miles... Read more

last update on Jun 12, 2019
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The General Archive of the Indies is the central archive of Spain that deals with archiving documents concerning the Spanish colonial empire. The archive stock contains 43,000 files and more than 3,000 maps.

The Spanish colonial empire spanned a time of five centuries, starting in the 15th century and collapsing in the 20th century. It was, without a doubt, one of the largest empires the world has ever seen and one of the first on a global scale.

Historical Information

The archive is accommodated in the former building of trade and stock exchange of Seville, the Casa Lonja de Mercaderes. At the time the Spanish colonial empire was flourishing, the merchants and traders had established the rather unsavoury habit of doing business in front of the cathedral. Much to the regret of the local clergy, the cathedral was even used as a trading place when the weather was bad. Due to this the construction of a trading building was ordered to allow a separate space for trading. When the economic strength of Spain started to decrease and had a negative affect on trade in general, merchants and traders disappeared as well. The only thing left was an abandoned building. That's why it was decided to collect the scattered documents and store them in one place.

How to get there

The General Archive of the Indies lies in the centre of the historical old town. It is sited just next to the cathedral and close to Alcázar.

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Archivo General de Indias
Avenida de la Constitución, 3 - Edificio de la Lonja
41004
Sevilla
E-Mail
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Phone+34 954500528
Fax+34 954219485
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