43. Record of paper purchased from Bartolomeo Marchionni

National Archive of Torre do Tombo (Portugal)
Contos do Reino e Casa, Núcleo Antigo 799, fol. 39r
PLACE OF DEPARTURE: Lisbon
GENERAL INFORMATION: Dated 1505.

The selected record (the fourth one in the document) shows the purchase of 50 bales of paper (around 250,000 sheets of paper) from Bartolomeo Marchionni, one of the most important and interesting Florentine agents in Portugal. Portuguese paper production could not meet the enormous demand of the administration of the Portuguese Empire, so it had to be imported from places such as Italy and France. This specific record details that the paper was to be used in the Casa da Índia (the royal counting house for all imperial commerce in Lisbon). Some was also to be sent to Cantor (present-day Gambia), Sofala (Mozambique) and the Portuguese factories in the Indian Ocean.

(Roger Lee de Jesus)