THE TIINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 53.
The Council oj the Indies to the King.
Source:-Additional Mss. 36333. British Mu.eumr. Published
by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum. Translal(d
from the .Spanish.
6th March, 1733.
By his letter of 25th April of the past year, 1732, Don
Bartholome Aldunate, Governor of the Island of Trinidad and
of Guayana reported the miserable condition of the poor
Indians of that Island due to the failure of the Cacao crop
which is complete; they are suffering much sickness and
distress for want of food, attendance and medicines.
This Governor has visited several of their pueblos seeing
what could be done in this emergency and recommends
that Your Majesty may be pleased to relieve them of the
annual tribute for such time as may be approved by Your
Majesty especially as the whole tribute paid by the Indians
of these pueblos only amounts to 1,300 pesos; many of
them being unable to pay, are going away to join the rebel
Indians by which Your Majesty loses a vassal and the unhappy
Indian loses his soul.
The Council has considered this letter and recommends
that Your Majesty be pleased to remit the tribute from these
poor Indians for six years and that the revenue thus lost
should be made up from the Treasury of Santa Fc.
So that it may be possible to take early action to relieve
these Indians fruml tlh annual tribute so that they can stay
in the pueblos doctrinat and learn the teaching of Our Lord
who created them and enter Our Holy Faith, we have added
various reports to this.
May Your Majesty be pleased to consider the relief of
these Indians from tribute and after reading these reports,
to declare your decision.