THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 109.
Appointment of Antonio Sedeno as Governor of Trinidad.
Source : --Additional MIss. 36314. British Museum.
Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
I2th July, 1530.
Inasmuch as you, Antonio Sedeno, our Contador of the
Island of San Juan, zealous for the service of the Kingdom
of God and of our Realms, have offered to construct a fort
in the Island of Trinidad and to establish a priest there to
baptise the Indians and that you will do all that is necessary
to settle people in the said Island and to encourage the Indians
there to accept the knowledge of our Holy Catholic Faith,
in consequence of which we have approved an agreement
with you, the terms and conditions of which you have signed,
agreeing to comply with them all in our service and to carry
out the pacification of this Island and the administration
and execution of our laws, therefore for the honour of your
We promise and do now hereby appoint you to be our
Governor of this said Island for all the days of your life
provided that for the Governorship you receive no salary
vwatsoever until such time as we do order that a residencia
be taken to assess your Governorship.
Furthermore we do grant you the office of Alguazil Mayor
of this same Island for all the days of your life and that you
may appoint to it such person as you may wish so long as
he is diligent and attentive to the conditions of this agreement.
.\nd it is our pleasure that from no\ on throughout
\our liif, \nu shall be ,ur ( :\overn'l r i this said Island of
Trinidad, that you shall establish and maintain oilr laws
both civil and criminal in the cities, towns and places of
the said Island which may be settled and that ou shall
provide from now on officers of justice in these places.
And by these our letters patent we connmallud all councillors,
justices, regidors, knights, esquire>, officials and all men
of good \will in all cities, towns aind places which way be
settled in this Island and \we con:iuand one and all our
officials and other persons who reside there to obey you in all
things without delay, without awaiting further authority
or expecting further letters neither duplicate nor triplicate
but to receive from you Antonio Sedeno. and your lieutenants
whom you may appoint and whom you may dismiss and
remove, and to administer to you the necessary oaths of office
required in each case and that done to receive -ou and
maintain you as our Governor and Justicia of the said Island
for all the da\s of your life.
And you agree to carry out the duties of the said office
of our Governor and Justicia in the said Island and to establish
and execute our laws both by yourself and by your lieutenants
whom you may place in the position of justicia and alguazil
and other offices of this government and youi will see that all
is done in compliance with our laws and you will hear and
determine all causes both civil and criminal which may occur
in the said Island between those who may go to live there
and also between the Indians xwho are there already.
And you may Icvy and take, %yon and your alcaldes and
lieutenants, all the fees attached to these offices and all the
perquisites and other things attached to these affairs in
connection with these offices insofar as you adjudicate and
act in our service and in the execution of our laws and in
the settling and governing of the said Island you shall carry
out your duties as to be just to all and to assist all to that
which they may need and so that all shall respect and give
obedience to your position and orders and to those of your
lieutenants and shall not deny these to you and shall receive
and acknowledge you in this position.
And we now authorise you and empower you to use and
exercise our authority in this Island by yourself and by your
lieutenants and it is our will and pleasure that you shall be
our Governor in the said Island in our service, to administer
justice to all who are or who may be in the said Island and to
determine in our name such cases as may be presented
This you shall make publicly known to all and they shall
require nor request nor await any other command or order
neither in duplicate nor triplicate and they shall accept
your orders and decisions \\liich shall be given in our name
without dispute or appeal.
And we give you power and Iaculty to deal with rebels
and mutineers and also with eir property as you may
consider necessaim and so that you may have full and free
possession of the government and administration of justice
in the said Island we now issue to you our letters patent with
full powers to deal with all the occurrences, incidents and
emergencies and to enjoy all necessary rights.
Furthermore we order you that all lees and payments
belonging to our Council or to our Fiscal for which you or
your lieutenants are responsible, shall be collected and deposited
and you shall make account before a notary public and deal
with them as you are ordered and with neither the one nor
the other shall you deal otherwise under pain of losing our
favour and a fine of ten thousand maravedis to our Council
for each default.
Madrid. The twelfth day of the month of July, in the
Vear of Our Lord, one thousand, five hundred and thirty.
1, THE QUEEN.
I, Juan de Samana, Secretary of their Imperial and
Catholic Majesties, have written this by order of Her
COUNT DON GARCIA DE MANRRIQUE.
LICENCIADO XUAREZ DE CARVAJAL.