The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 25
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Acapulco and the Manila, Galleon
while in the Adiciones, or supplementary reglamento, of 1769 he
is designated as gobernador, or governor.32 With such a combina-
tion of offices in the person of a single official, his jurisdiction was
necessarily very wide, whether acting in his individual .capacity, or
in conjunction with the royal treasury officials. Above all, he was
commissioned with the general supervision of the receipt and the
despatch of the galleon, as well as of the conduct of the: feria.. As
a consequence of the official venality prevalent at Acapulco he
gained annually by different irregular perquisites as high as 20,000
pesos,33 though his salary was but a small fraction of that sum.
Sometimes a special commissioner or visitador was sent down
to Acapulco by the viceroy. This officer then held precedence over
the ordinary body of officials for the duration of the visita.. In
1704 Viceroy Albuquerque appointed to, this place Joseph de Veitia
Linage,84 the author of the Norte de la, Contratacion, the classical
work on the administration of the trade between Spain and Ameri-
ca,35 and an official of wide experience in the commercial service
of the government. The viceroy characterized him as an official
of "unusual honor, integrity, and zeal," while the King declared
himself and Albuquerque well satisfied with his work at Acapulco.3
'Sometimes Acapulco came within the scope of a more general
visita.37 Thus, in 1636 Pedro de Quiroga y Moya threw the trade
into confusion by his rigorous exercise of this office, but the
old easy-going regime at the port was in a measure restored by
his successor in the same office, Palafox y Mendoza. Other examples
of visitors-general who held charge at Acapulco were Pedro de
Galvez, who followed shortly after Palafox in 1650, the Marques
de Rubi in 1764, and Jose de Gilvez in 1766.
The essentially fiscal side of the administration at Acapulco
1763). This is a bound manuscript contained in the Bancroft Library,
of the University of California. It is a compilation of the general regu-
lations then applicable to the trade and of specific orders to different
officials at Acapulco.
82Adiciones con que su Magestad manda siga por ahora el comercio
de Manila con la Nueva Espaia, sect. 21.
33Gemelli, op. cit.
"'Albuquerque to the King, May 28, 1704, A. de. I., 68-3-1.
85Norte de la Contratacion de las Indias Occidentales (Madrid, 1672).
"The King to Veitia Linage, January 19, 1704, A. de I., 155-2-4.
37See Priestley, Josd de Gdlvez Visitor-General of New Spain (1765-
1771), (1916), 110, et seq.
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