THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 88
The French Ambassador to the Secretary of State.
November 3rd, 1699. London.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial,
C.O. 28/4. No. 23.
Published by courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the Deputy
Keeper of the Public Records.
Translated from the French.
The Island of Tobago was captured in 1676 by the forces
of France from the Republic of Holland to which it then
belonged. It has remained in the possession of the French by
title of conquest until the peace of Nimegue when it was
ceded to them by Article 7 of the Treaty which was signed in
this town in 1678.
When His Most Christian Majesty had decided to destroy
the fortifications no one was left there to preserve his rights
and his vessels had orders to go there twice yearly to prevent
any other nation from taking possession contrary to his
According to rumour, be it right or wrong, a company of
English merchants is being termed with the object of proceeding
there to settle and I conceive that it is well to forward this
note to give notice that the said Island of Tobago is by no
means an abandoned land nor belonging to any other person
save His Most Christian Majesty who has been in possession
for more than 23 years first by right of capture and then by
right of cession which was made formally by the States General
of the United Provinces of the Pays Bas as has been