King Felipe of Spain paid a visit to the General Archive of the Indies of Seville yesterday to view a new exhibit.
With thanks to the Archive of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Seville, the General Archive of the Indies contains documents from the institution since 1886 and of the commercial story of the capital of Seville.
His Majesty also was present for the signing of a collaboration agreement between the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Seville, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and the General Archive of the Indies.
King Felipe later unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event.
It was in July 2009 that the Ministry of Culture agreed to integrate the Archive of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Seville and the Andalusian Archives System. King Felipe and Queen Letizia, who were then the Prince and Princess of Asturias, opened the General Archive of the Chamber of Commerce of Seville in September 2010.
According to Casa Real, “The General Archive is constituted as an Archival System, structured through the life cycle of the documents, thus fulfilling the functions of the central, intermediate and historical archive, and will coordinate the office files of the Chamber.
“It is an economic archive par excellence, whose documents flow the vital and entrepreneurial career of Sevillian commerce, industry and navigation from its splendid past, when the city was the capital of an Empire, to the present hopeful, when it is the capital of Andalusia. And always, with a decided unequivocal will of international projection.”
The General Archive was created to make historical documents available to all citizens, as well as “collect, guard, organise and serve the documentation produced and received by the Chamber in the exercise of its functions, for management purposes, defence of rights and information, research and culture.”