A preliminary survey on Franciscan documents in the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology (Panaji, Goa)
In the 19th century, the suppression of the Religious Orders in the wake of the definite implementation of a Liberal Government in Portugal led the authorities in Goa to seize the rich and extensive archives of the colleges and convents throughout the Estado da Índia. However, unlike the archives of the Dominicans, Augustinians or Oratorians, which are kept at the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology in Panaji, Goa, the records from both Franciscan Provinces (Madre de Deus and São Tomé) are nowhere to be found. This article aims to highlight the potential of the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology’s holdings in order to further the knowledge of Franciscan presence in Asia by exploring documentary series not directly produced by Franciscans.
Keywords: Archives; Directorate of Archives and Archaeology; Goa; Province of Madre de Deus; Province of São Tomé
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