The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 29
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Acapulco and the Manila. Galleon 29
been complied with in this fashion and healths drunk all around,
both parties proceeded to the real business of the occasion,-the
making of arrangements for the landing of the illegal merchandise
After these preliminary formalities were concluded the work of
disembarcation began. The passengers were first allowed to leave
the ship, and those who were in health walked in procession to
church, preceded by the image of the Virgin, while the sick were
taken to the hospital.41 The first goods carried ashore were the
personal baggage of the passengers, and the unloading of the main
body of the cargo did not begin until these effects were on shore.
In fact the hatches over that part of the hold remained sealed in
the meantime. The laws required that, when once commenced,
the landing of the commercial cargo be carried out as expeditiously
as possible and that the proper official surveillance be exercised
at every step in the transfer of the goods to the beach.50 One of
the two oficioles reales had to be present on the ship at all times,
to see that nothing was sent off which was not duly marked and
registered. Each lighter-full of bales or chests must proceed as
directly to the landing-place as the oarsmen could row it, and on
the way thither no speech must be held with any suspicious looking
craft that might be lurking in its path. As each lot of goods was
landed, the second royal official, or his deputy, compared its dis-
tinguishing marks with the corresponding invoices in the book of
Throughout most of the history of the commerce the shipper's
own sworn statement-the factura jurada-was accepted without
question as a declaration of the contents of the respective pack-
age. The only alternative was of course the actual examination
of the interior of the bale or chest. However, the aversion to this
procedure was so great on the part of the Manila interests and
those in Mexico concerned in evading the law of the permiso, that
few officials were daring-or disinterested-enough to defy opinion
in both communities by resorting to such a measure, logical and
just as it was. The most bated name in the history of the com-
merce was, that of Pedro de Quiroga, who opened packages indis-
criminately in 1636, thereby violating tradition and the gentle-
"4Gemelli, op. cit., p. 500.
60Adiciones, op. cit.
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