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Grants of sovereignty in Labrador, 1697 - 1984

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 240/2

Scope and Contents

A grant of rights to land in Labrador and a confirmation of the grant, with transcriptions, facsimiles and English translations from the Dutch. The collection also includes comments on the documents by a Dutch history seminar and related correspondence.


  • Creation: 1697 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

RCMS 240/5 may only be consulted with the permission of the R.C.S. Librarian.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph de la Penja was a Jewish merchant of Rotterdam who landed in Labrador on 23 September 1677 and erected the arms of Orange and Nassau.


1 archive box(es) (1 box) : paper

Language of Materials


Dutch; Flemish

Former / Other Reference

MSS 613

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 132.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited on indefinite loan by the owner, who did not wish his name to be recorded, 16 August 1947.


'The sovereignty of Labrador' in 'Royal Commonwealth Society library notes', no. 122 (February, 1967), pp. 1-2, contains a translation of the first grant, and includes background information.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue.


Penja, Joseph de la, fl 1677, merchant

Finding aid date

2004-01-09 13:52:14+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
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Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom