Alchaito Almerie: Una carta de la República de Florencia a las autoridades nazaríes de Almería (1461)

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The present article offers the edition and study of the only letter the Chancellery of the Republic of Florence ever wrote to the Kingdom of Granada in the 15th century, when the relationship reached its climax. On the one hand, we confirm the absence of treaties and formal diplomatic relationships between Florentines and Nasrids. On the other hand, we corroborate that Florence, in the Nasrid emirate, assimilated other Mediterranean mercantile powers’ strategies, and if Venice was generally the model, on this occasion it is the Crown of Aragon to provide the reference. Precisely, the comparison with coetaneous Catalan documentation has allowed the identification of the addressees of the Tuscan document, Mahomat Abencidum, qaid of Almeria, and prince Abu al-Hasan Ali. Besides, we offer hitherto unknown news of the relation of the bearer of the missive, Bongianni Gianfigliazzi with the sultanate, in which he lived for two years. Last, we analyze the circumstances that led to the elaboration of the document.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)181-195
Number of pages14
JournalRevista del Centro de Estudios Históricos de Granada y su Reino
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Granada
  • Florencia
  • Diplomacy
  • Commerce

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