The Casa de Colón has acquired from a private collector the historical manuscripts Topography of Gran Canaria, with the most complete chronicle of the 17th century by Fray José de Sosa and which incorporates numerous data on the customs of the ancient Canaries and the Conquest, and Orders of Health, hitherto unknown, with information on the Gran Canaria Health Board from 1788 to 1810, and one of the few documents that are preserved from the old Island Council, burned in 1842.
Topography of Gran Canaria and Health Orders were offered for sale in 2020 and the Casa de Colón technical commission for acquisitions, made up of specialists from various fields, valued their extraordinary interest as unpublished manuscripts, deciding their purchase, which took place in December last year for a joint price of 14,000 euros.
The pertinent and mandatory acquisition report was commissioned to Juan Gómez-Pamo Guerra del Río, who, in addition to being a librarian at El Museo Canario, has a degree in Geography and History and a corresponding academic from the Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts of San Miguel Arcángel. The specialist has a long history and knowledge in this type of documentary works, and assured that the value of both as historical testimony is unquestionable and that "any cultural institution on the islands would be right to incorporate it into their common heritage."
Topography of Gran Canaria contains the most complete preserved text of the Topography of Fray José de Sosa among those known so far, since it includes chapters and paragraphs that do not appear in previously published versions. The document, dated 1679, contains numerous data on the customs of the ancient Canaries and the Conquest and a precise description of the fortifications of Gran Canaria.
Health Orders, is one of the few documents that are preserved from the old Cabildo of the island of Gran Canaria, burned in 1842. On the first page of the bound volume, Isidoro Romero is indicated as one of the two deputies of the Health Board . This character, Isidoro Romero Ceballos (1751-1816), perpetual ruler of Gran Canaria, was an outstanding memorialist, some of whose works are preserved in the Scientific Society El Museo Canario, so his handwriting is easily recognizable.