THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 51.
The Cabildo of Trinidad to thI King.
2nd February, 1700.
Y nirce : Additional Mss. 36331, British Museum. Published
by courtesy of' the Trustees of' the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
Sire, We have to report to Your Royal Majesty the affairs
of this town and its vecinos ; of the fatigue of maintaining
four posts of guard going always with arms at hand ; of the
resistance from the enemies of the Royal Crown and of the
difficulties of reducing the Indians in the Missions ; it was
decided in the Cabildo to ask Your Royal Majesty to be
pleased to consider the attached reports so that the necessary
remedy may be applied so that we may be able to continue
with greater fervour the efforts which we have continuously
maintained in the Royal Service of Your Majesty and in which
all the vecinos here are so zealous that in no respect has
anyone made default although the women and children are
without the supplies which are expected from such personal
efforts and in which they should be assisted.
May Your Roval Majesty be pleased to order by Royal
Cedula the Governor and Captain General of the Province
to bring to this Island 25 soldiers from the garrison ofGuayana ;
this he does not do because he has not all the 1oo infantry
allotted to the fortress.
On many occasions, Sire, it happens that we arc without
any soldiers and it falls upon the poor vecinos to maintain the
guards many of them returning to die in this town leaving
their women and children in extremity without support.
This last year, 169y), the Governor sent Joan de Aguilar
a vecino of Guayana to the Royal Audiencia of Santa Fe to
seek aid for the garrison and took for his guard vecinos of this
Island sending them as escort ; these vecinos were greatly
distressed at leaving their families and homes for so long
which at the least would be 20 months in which laborious
journey many died for which reason the vecinos are further
reduced and there are not enough vecinos to reduce the Indians.
May Your Majesty be pleased to consider the reports of the
revolt of the Indians which happened upon the ist December
last which has caused the Governing Alcaldes of this toAwn
,crv great anxiety bc, ause of tihe few strong vecinos. most Awere
killed in this disaster.
All of whii< I lis Cabildo forwards humbly for the
sovereign consideration of Your Royal Majesty so that \ou
nmay be pleased with ; Iour usual devotion to enquire into these
matters and provide the necessary remedy so that neither this
Island nor his lownI of i(;iana may be left without vecinos.
May Your Ro\, I MaIjesty provide what is necessary in
vour Royal Service and may Our Lord God preserve the
Catholic and Rov.- Pe'rson of Your Majesty as x our humble
vassals earnestly desire and the Realm requires.
Trinidad, '1nd February, 1700.
)IEGO DI ALAJE TENREYES.
TOMAS I) LEZAMA.
JIA \N DE LEZAMA.
DIEGO PEREZ Dr LEON.