T HE TrINi NDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 117.
The President of the Audencia at San Domingo to the King.
Source : --Additional Mss. 36319. British AMuseum.
Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the \! .'...
i5th July, 1611.
The President reported that letters and papers had been
taken from an English ship off San Domingo. These
letters and papers clearly prove that trading with foreigners
and enemies is done at the Island of Trinidad. By their own
signatures are implicated the Governor himself, his Lieutenant
Sancho de Mendoza, the inhabitants and a Franciscan Friar.
The Captain of the ship was Tomas Icurri. (Thomas
The statement made by Thomas Curry before the
26th June, 1611.
He stated that sometimes twenty to thirty ships went in
a vcar to the Island of Trinidad to trade. In this year he
knows himself of thirteen.
They usually go singly and not in fleets. They come by
the south coast by the Punto del Gallo, enter the Bay of
Paria and go to Port of Spain (puerto despana). Five leagues
fiom the Punto del Gallo is a village of Indians where news
is usually obtained of ships which have passed.
He reported the strong currents in those places and that
it is not possible to return against them. He knows of eight
to nine ships which have entered the River Orinoco this year.
Most of the traffic to Port of Spain is in February and
March. Very few ships entered by the Bocas.
He said that he was 21 years old,