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This project would not have been possible without the support of the British Library Endangered Archives Programme, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University, York University, the Universidade Federal Fluminense, the Universidad Tecnológico del Chocó and the Universidad de Cartagena, as well as the enthusiastic and generous assistance of the Catholic Church in the countries in which we work. 

In particular the project is indebted to:          


The Reverend Luciano Bergamin, Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Iguaçu
Maria do Socorro Lacerda, Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Paraibano
Dom Alano Maria Pena, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Niteroi
João Pedro Ferreira da Silva, Arquivo Histórico Waldemar Bispo Duarte
Claudecí Soares, Paróquia de Nossa Senhora dos Milagres do São João do Carirí
Joaquim Osterne Carneiro, Instituto Histórico e Geográfico Paraibano


José Polo Acuña, Universidad de Cartagena
Father Tulio Aristizábal, Sanctuario de San Pedro Claver
Dr. Luis Eduardo Castro, First Notary, Riohacha
Giovanni Cordova, Director, Centro Afro, Universidad Tecnológico del Chocó
Father Marino Pineda, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cartagena
Governmental and Ecclesiastical personnel in Quibdó, Novita, Tado and Buenaventura
Laymen from the Chocó Region and the Valle del Cauca Region
Notarias de Buenaventura
Notarias de Chocó


His Eminence Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana
Monsignor Manuel Hilario de Céspedes y García de Menocal, Bishop of  the Diocese of Matanzas
Monsignor Ramón Suárez Polcari, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Havana
Monsignor José Félix Pérez Riera, Director, Secretariat of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba


Sister Catherine Bitzer, Diocese of St. Augustine Archives
Father Michael P. Morgan, Diocese of St. Augustine Catholic Center
The Reverend John H. Ricard, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida

and the many dedicated priests, archivists, sacristans, and secretaries of the churches and notarial archives who have patiently endured our interruptions and have been of critical assistance to our work. 


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