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Ancient Spanish Government Documents under Restoration

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 23 (ACN) Cuban experts are currently restoring over-300-year-old Spanish government documents at the Santiago de Cuba city hall, which tell about the political, economic and historic development of the eastern territory from 1664 to 1872.

Provincial Archives specialist Yuneisi Bonne told ACN news agency that they have restored 122 out of 124 books since the experts began the patient work three years ago in order to preserve the most important documents related to the colonial Spanish rule.

Also under restoration are documents treasured at the Cuban Historic Museum. In 2012, the experts concluded works on a letter sent by Spanish King Carlos V to the Santiago de Cuba city hall authorizing the shipping of weapons to that harbor.

The nearly-500-year-old letter, written in old Spanish, is the oldest document restored at the museum, said Bonne.

The Provincial Historic Museum in Santiago treasures a large number of documents, including testaments of Cuban independence fighters Antonio Maceo, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes and other outstanding figures of that time.

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