Antonio de León Pinelo was a Spanish-colonial historian (1589 – c. 1675).
Pinelo was born in Cordova de Tucuman, and educated in the College of the Jesuits of Lima. He travelled to Spain in 1612 and became attorney of the council of the Indies. Then, he became judge of the tribunal of La Contratacion in Seville, succeeding Gil Gonzalez Davila in 1637 in the post of historian of the Indies. He died in Seville.
Antonio de Leon Pinelo maintained at great length that Biblical Paradise was situated in America.
The "cedularios" permitted initiating the compiling works, because they provided order to legal texts. Using those as a base, several Spanish jurists started writing the so called "summaries", which were extracts of a new law or a mixture of several laws about the same theme. In this work, one of the first was Diego de Zorrilla, whose work was then revised by Rodrigo de Aguiar and lastly by Antonio de Leon Pinelo, who prepared a new project and in 1628 published the summaries of the 4 first books so they could be revised.
Pinelo left also several manuscripts, some of which have been published since his death:
El Derecho de las Indias Occidentales y su pervivencia en los Derechos patrios de América. Actas del Decimosexto Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Historia del Derecho Indiano celebrado en Santiago de Chile, desde el 29 de septiembre al 2 de octubre de 2008
Jan 01, 2011; Guzmán Brito, Alejandro (editor académico), El Derecho de las Indias Occidentales y su pervivencia en los Derechos patrios de...