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Izcue y Arias (firm) Records and Related Documents, 1782-1832

Identifier: jfb-MB20000


The collection contains eleven bound volumes of manuscript materials dating from the eighteenth century, the early nineteenth century, the Wars of Independence (ca. 1812-1824), and into the initial years of the Republic of Peru. The folios contain the letter books and account books of the Peruvian mercantile house of Izcue y Arias, and an account book of Izcue y Arias business asociate Dr. José Vidal. A separate account of cargo and passengers aboard the ship Divina Pastora, ca. 1799, which carried Izcue freight, is contained in a 12th volume.


  • Creation: 1782-1832


Language of Materials

Spanish and French


Collection is open for research with no restrictions.


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Historical Note

Francisco Xavier Izcue was a prominent Lima merchant of Basque origin, active in the last quarter of the eighteenth and first quarter of the nineteenth century. His career spanned the period of late colonial reform and the struggles for independence. A member of the influential Filipinas merchant company and the consulado of the wealthiest Lima merchants, Izcue had strong commercial ties with Spain. In 1803, he consigned over 95,000 pesos to Spain, placing his among the ten most active houses in the transatlantic trade. In the matricula of 1819 (a forced loan of consulado members), Izcue was charged the fourth highest rate, making him one of Lima’s richest merchants on the eve of independence. During the Wars of Independence period Izcue served on the Junta de arbitrios, whose duty it was to acquire funds for the army, and to decide on other matters, such as the crucial question of free trade. Izcue’s sons went on to careers as merchants and diplomats.


12 Volumes


The records are arranged into one series, which has been further arranged into subseries. The contents of each series or subseries were arranged chronologically by the archivist. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series 1: Mercantile Records

  1. Subseries 1: Letter Books
  2. Subseries 2: Account Books
  3. Subseries 3: Accounts of the ship Divina Pastora

Physical Location

Bell Library call number: 1783 oIz

Collection Accession Number:


Izcue y Arias (firm) Records and Related Documents, 1782-1832
Kevin D. Mummey
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