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Consejo de Indias,
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[German Version]

Indian Council (Consejo Real y Supremo de las Indias). Initially, the Casa de la Contratación (CC) had been founded in 1504 in Seville as the sole executive organ for American affairs. Gaspar de Gricio (died 1507) and Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca (died 1524), the bishops of Palencia, acted simultaneously as royal advisers for Indian affairs. In 1508, Lope de Conchillos was appointed secretary to Fonseca, whereupon a state bureaucratic authority responsible for all administrative matters gradually took shape. Functioning as a kind of office for Indian aff…

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Prien, Hans-Jürgen, “Consejo de Indias,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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