First insurance document made in Lisbon, about the loss of a venetian ship (Lisbon – Livorno)
The first document mentioning an insurance made in Lisbon is dated 6th March 1573.
It’s a power of attorney of two businessmen (one from Cadiz and the other from Lisbon) to deal with matters related to the shipwreck of the venetian ship Santa Maria do Socorro, which had been lost five leagues from the city of Cadiz when it was going to Livorno.
This document gives the names of fourteen “insurers” that existed in Lisbon, as well as the House of Insurance located in Rua Nova dos Ferros, also in this town.
“Os Seguros em Portugal, da Fundação à Modernidade”, Exposição Documental da Actividade Seguradora dos Séculos XIII a XIX, Galeria do Instituto de Seguros de Portugal (set. 2010)-pág. 28
“Primeiro documento de um seguro feito em Lisboa sobre a perda de uma nau veneziana – Lisboa/Portugal para Livorno/Itália”, Livro de notas do 15º Cartório Notarial de Lisboa, liv. 12 PT/ADLSB/NOT/CNLSB15A/001-1/12
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