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Financial accounts, reports, etc, concerning the English administration of Tangier

Call Number: MS 163


Financial accounts and reports concerning the British administration of Tangier, 1662-1683; a passport from Tangier to England, 1669; and a plan of the Cupboard Room [in Whitehall where the Tangier records were kept?].


  • Creation: 1669-1683, undated

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Tangier under British rule

Tangier, a city in the modern Kingdom of Morocco, was given to England by Spain in 1661 as part of the dowry of the Portuguese infanta Catherine of Braganza. By 1662 Tangier was completely occupied by the English, though the native population fought against the English garrison stationed there.

By 1680, between high and fraudelent costs related to improving the city's defenses and the lack of English settlers, Parliament decided to leave Tangier. The English garrison destroyed Tangier and its ports before Morocco began occupying the town in February 1684.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case containing 9 folders) : Ornamentation: Item 9 contains a plan of "The Cupboard Room," perhaps in Whitehall. Seal (applied) of Privy Council on item 7. Scribe: No hand appears to be repeated, not even in the docketing. Only item 7 is definitely an original; item 5 might be a draft; the others are probably contemporary copies.

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS 163

Custodial History

These documents probably belonged to one of the Tangier commissioners, perhaps John Creed, addressee of item 7 (an order dated 1683 to surrender the Tangier documents to the Secretary of War) and secretary of the commission since 1662.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Hofmann-Freeman, 1978 [gift of the Helen Foresman Spencer Fund].

Guide to the Tangier Collection
Financial accounts, reports, etc, concerning the English administration of Tangier
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1978; revised by ksc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Financial accounts, reports, etc, concerning the English administration of Tangier, MS 163, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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