THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 101.
The Audencia of Santa Fe to the King.
i4th August 1637. Santa Fe.
Source : Additional ;VlSS. 36324. British Museum. Published
by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish
Summary. -The reports which have been laid before the
Royal Audiencia and Assembly which has been summoned
for the purpose, do not sufficiently show the exact necessity
for despatching the assistance solicited to the town of Guayana
and other parts.
She reports which have been received show that most
of the Dutch settlements specified in the said report have
been established for a considerable time and likewise that
they are distant several days journey from the said town of
It is pointed out that the assistance requested by the
Governor is not for a definite object but rather it appears
from his letters that the purpose is that soldiers should be sent
to act as a garrison without limit of time for which besides
the Royal Audiencia having no orders thereon, great cost
and expenditure would be incurred to the Royal Treasury
to the amount of more than 40,000 ducats if the 3oo men were
sent. Likewise it is impossible to obtain the said number
of men or even a much smaller number in this country and
provide them with arms and munitions, for there neither
are nor could be found 0oo arquebuses nor any powder or
shot and it is difficult to make them for want of material
and skilled workmen.
If it were resolved to send 40-50 men which is the utmost
capacity of this Kingdom, the expedition would be fruitless
because if the object for which the Governor asks assistance
were not attained thereby, His Majesty's arms would incur
loss and disesteem and the enemy would gain in arrogance
It was considered that the relief force which could be
sent would be so small that even if it were sufficient with the
force now in the town of Guayana to dislodge the enemy
from the posts they now occupy, the object would not be
attained for they would go to another part as they have done
in several parts of the Indies from which they have been
ejected and forthwith have returned. This is what would
most likely occur in this case for as already stated the assistance
could not be permanent and resident in the Province of
Guayana as there is no means in this Kingdom for maintaining
it nor has the Royal Audiencia instructions to establish
From all this it has seemed fit and proper that this be
transmitted to Your Vlajesty in Your Royal Council of the
Indies and Council of War sending also the report in which
the said Governor of the Province of Guayana has made
his appeal so that upon seeing the reasons which exist for
excluding the enemy from that Province, Your Majesty may
be pleased to send sufficient men to eject the enemy from the
posts they now occupy.
In consequence of all the aforesaid it is concluded there
is no ground for providing what is requested by the said
Governor and Town of Santo Thome de la Guayana. It was
thus provided and commanded.
Don Fernando de Angulo Velasco, Notary of the Chamber
was present and in Santa Fe on the i4th August, 1637 notified
this decision to Don Pedro Vivero, Regidor and Procurador-
General of the T own of Guayana.
Witnesses : SALVADOR MENENDEZ.
ANTONIO DE BARAJAS.