THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 85.
A Cedula to Martin de Mendoca y Verrio, Governor of Trinidad
March 8th, 1641. Madrid.
Source :-Additional MSS. 36326. British Museum.
Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the Briti:h Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
The King Don Martin de Mendoca y Verrio who is
selected as my Governor and Captain Genera of the Island
of Trinidad and Province of Guayana.
By letters written to me by the Royal Audiencia of
Santo Domingo and by Don Martin de Sahaved a, President
of the Royal Audiencia of the New Kingdom of the
20th Dccembn'r, 1638 and the 20th January, 1640respectively,
and by other reports and minutes sent therewith I have learnt
of the behaviour of Don Diego Lopez de Escobar during the
time that he has governed these proving es,
How that when he dispersed the Dutch enemy in the
Island of Tauaco he failed to disclose all the booty, hiding
slaves, 7 pieces of artillery which he took, a quantity ofpowder,
balls for artillery and muskets and other things,
How the said Don Diego Lopez de Escobar when he
entered Guayana took the silver articles which were in my
Royal Treasury seized by Don Cristoval de Aranda in this
Government in the year 1633 and how he sent forjewels which
had been left in the Royal Treasury in Trinidad from which it
appears that he intends to steal from and commit other frauds
upon my Royal Estate,
How that the expedition against the Island of Tauaco
was without the agreement of the old established vecinos of
Trinidad and was solely for his own profit ; from this has
resulted great harm to these provinces and not content with
this he seeks to desert his Government asking for permission to
which we have replied,
How that he sought help from my Royal Audiencia of
New Granada to dislodge the enemy from the coasts of
Guayana and when this was sent to him with all speed and
efficiency possible yet this expedition miscarried owing to the
fault of the said Don Diego Lopcz de Escobar,
How that he has done other things very contrary to my
service which require punishment ; you will understand more
particularly from copies of the said letters which are sent to
you with this my cedula how it appears that the said Governor
has committed grave offences and by his disgraceful avarice
and mlil-government lie did not pursue the objects he advanced
and for which the President of my Royal Audiencia of the
New Kingdom sent the expedition and how he caused the
soldiers to desert and other grave damage.
This has all been considered in my Council of War of the
Indies and it is agreed that in the interests of my service and
ol good administration ofjustice, all the matters contained in
these letters and papers should be investigated and that those
guilty should be punished and that my Royal Treasury
should be reimbursed what has been taken therefrom.
I therefore commit to your hands the investigation of
these affairs and I order you to enquire and ascertain what
supplies, munitions and other things were taken by the said
Governor in the attack at the Island of Tauaco and their
quantities and also to investigate the matters which are
contained in the said letters and papers and all other matters
which appertain L) a right c(inclusion and decision upon these
affairs sending the depositions to my Council of War of the
Indies and not to any other tribunal at all and returning to
my Royal Treasury all tiat may have been stolen from it.
So that you may execute and complete all that is ordered
by this Cedula 1 do give you such powers and faculties as are
required in similar cases and these are to be taken as added
as if they were herein declared and expressed.
I, THE KING.
Madrid, 8th March, 1641.
By order of the King, Our Lord.
GABRIEL DE OCANA Y ALARCON.