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The 1850 index shows 5 books organized by subject, referring to bonds, powers, acknowledgments, wills, and sales, which account for 56 public instruments. The notary is Mr. Robles. Within the public deeds there are sales of houses and farms with all their properties including mills and slaves, property mortgages, powers given to a third party authority to safeguard the reputation of a person for any event or legal allegation, and special powers granted for issues related to economy. A clear example is that of Colonel Martínez, who gives a special power to a third party to take over a claim for a pension which he is awaiting from the government of Nueva Granada for services rendered. The protocolo gives an idea of the influence that Riohacha had in the nineteenth century, such as in public instruments that refer to neighboring towns like the district Fonseca y Tomarazon, the parish of Camarones, and the village of San Juan. It also refers to people from other major cities such as Santa Marta and Valledupar. The 1851 documents are very similar to those of the previous year: public documents related to sales, donations, powers, and bonds. The 1851 records end on folio 204 with a money loan between two people. Mr. Manuel Rafael Flórez was notary. It is worth noting that among the public instruments found in this single volume of the notary of Riohacha, there are some that were canceled and have a rationale written by the notary including canceled mortgages or outdated loans. There are documents created by the judges Joaquín Gómez and Ramón Campos. There is a change in notaries at the end of 1851 with Mr. Manuel Rafael Flórez becoming deputy on October 16, 1851, and months later serving as acting notary.