Portuguese forest indenture relating to shipbuilding
- approximately 1476
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This manuscript document is an example of the late medieval Iberia, from the era of overseas exploration begun under the auspices of Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal. Written in a hybrid Iberian dialect, the lingua franca was spoken primarily by traders during this period. The upper class in Portugal at this time spoke a Castilian dialect containing Spanish and Arabic words, which is also reflected in the document.
This manuscript document is an indenture relating to shipbuilding in Sandomil, Portugal in the fifteenth century, a commercial record between a shipbuilder and a landowner or lumber merchant. The lingua franca, written on parchment, describes the use of timber for the construction of masts in Portuguese caravels, small maneuverable sailing ships utilized during colonial expansion. The indenture is dated approximately 1476 and measures approximately 18 x 30 cm.
An informal, partial transcription of the document is available by request.
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