THE TRINIDAD Ii1STORICAL SOCIETY
Publication No. 92.
A Cedula to the Alcades of Porto Rico.
February 23rd 1512. Burgos.
Source : Pacheco v Cardenas. Coleccion de IDocwmentos Ineditos.
TranslateddJiom the Sp1anish.
THE KING--Xoan Ceron, Alcalde Mayor in the Island of
Sant Xoan and to Miguel Diaz, Alguacil Mayor of the same ;
I have seen your letter of the 28th of November in which
you report your arrival in the Island. From this I am pleased
to learn what you there relate, full of zeal for my service and
that you are proceeding with much success to the pacification
and settlement of the Island in accordance with your
instructions. For this I now write to commend you.
It is of importance to me to know definitely whether or
not there is gold in Trynidad as you were told by the
five Indians who came to your ship when you anchored there ;
you should proceed to find out all you can about this and
determine the truth of this statement. I am ordering the
Admiral and my Officials in Espanola at once to obtain some
if it appears to them that the Indians of the said Island can
collect gold. They are to send the person who will do this
by way of Sant Xoan so that he may learn from you and from
the said Indians whatever is known and even take with him
one or two of these Indians to show him where this gold is
to be found. In this matter you should assist and facilitate
in every way possible the success of this undertaking.
As to your report that on your arrival you were received
with expressions of peace and co-operation, 1 have no doubt
that difficulties will occur before long ; I am pleased that
you have established good relations with Noan Ponce de Leon
and in order that these good relations may be strengthened
with the said Xoan Ponce de Leon so long as everything
proceeds satisfactorily, you may forget all that has passed
and I instruct you to avoid annoyance to him or obstruction
to him in his private affairs but to help and co-operate with
him as though each of you were his own brother. You should
not act otherwise save only to prevent damage to our interests.
The Admiral has reported to me that he is proceeding
with what I have ordered him to do in this matter.
The ships which are sailing from here are instructed not
to touch at this Island of Trinidad nor at any of the others
where there are Caribs as you have written.
Burgos. The twenty third day of the month of February
in the year one thousand five hundred and twelve.
I, THE KING.
By Order of His Highness,