inhabitants of the aforesaid islands and dwellers
therein for the time being. On this account we
have been humbly petitioned on your behalf to deign
through our apostolic graciousness to make in the
premises suitable provision for you and your state.
Therefore yearning most eagerly for the spread and
increase of that same faith particularly in our own
days, we commend in the Lord your loving and praiseworthy
purpose, and being favorably disposed thereto we hereby
through our apostolic power in virtue of these presents
do as a special favor grant to you and your successors
for the time being that in the aforesaid islands after
their capture and recovery (as observed) you may receive
a tithe from the inhabitants thereof and the dwellers
therein for the time being, and levy the same freely
and lawfully, providing after dioceses shall there
be established (whereon we charge your consciences
as well as your successors’), you first from
your own and their estate shall really and effectively
devise a sufficient revenue for the establishment of
churches in those islands through you and your aforesaid
successors, whereby the incumbents of the same and
their administrators may support themselves suitably,
carry on the necessary work of those churches for
the time being, as well as celebrate rightly the divine
worship of Almighty God, and fulfil all diocesan requirements.
The Lateran Council, other apostolic constitutions
and ordinances or other decrees, to the contrary notwithstanding.
Let no one then infringe this our grant, nor dare
with rashness to contravene its provisions. But
should any one presume to set it at naught, let him
recognize that he has thereby incurred the displeasure
of Almighty God, and of the Blessed Apostles Peter
and Paul. Given at Rome at St. Peter’s,
in the year of the incarnation of our Lord one thousand
five hundred and one, the sixteenth day of November,
the tenth year of our Pontificate.
[The signatures and authorizations follow.]
Life and Voyage of Fernao de Magalhaes—1518-27
[Resume of contemporaneous documents—1518-27.]
Letter of authorization to Falero and Magallanes—March 22, 1518.
Carta de el-rei de Castella para El-rei D. Manuel—February 28, 1519.
Instructions to Juan de Cartagena—April 6, 1519.
Carta de rei de Castella a Fernando de Magalhaes e a Ruy Falero—April
Extracto de una carta de las Indias—1522.
De Molvccis Insulis: Maximilianus Transylvanus—1523.
_Sources_: See Bibliographical Data at end of
Translations: The first and the fifth
of these documents are translated by James A. Robertson;
the second and fourth by Jose M. Asensio; the third
by Francis W. Snow; the sixth by Frederic W. Morrison;
for the last, we use the translation made by the late
Henry Stevens (published in his Johann Schoener.)
* Documents marked by an asterisk are here presented
in both the original text and English translation.