IE TRINII)AD HISTOI(IIICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 122.
The Council of War of the Indies to the King.
January I3th, 1657.
Source :-Additional Mss. 3(633o. British Museum. Published
by courtesy of the Trustlc,' qf the Brilish lMuseum.
7Tanslated fiom lhe ,Spatnih.
SUMMARY. Cliristoval de Vcra, while Interim Governor
of San Thome, in letters of February and March, 1655,
complains of the defenceless condition of that town with the
enemy settled all around and the Indians warlike and
rebellious. 'The Cabildo ofSan Thome writes in similar strain.
Both state that they have sent a Procurator-General to
Spain to represent their difficulties. A letter of26thJuly, 1656,
has been received from Don Juan de Xaraquemada from
Amsterdam who had been sent from Guavana and had been
captured by an English ship off Cape Espartes and carried
These letters report that there are many settlements of
French, English and Dutch in the West Indies and that they
have the intention of ousting the Spaniards. They report
that Father Dionisio de Mesland, a Missionary ol the Company
of Jesus, had been called to the River Orinoco by tile
Governor Mcndoca to instruct the Indians.
Christoval de Vera reports that from Santa Fe, 1oo
infantry have been sent to him. He asks for 150 men at
San Thome and 50 at Trinidad ; also forts with 15 picecs
at San Thome and with 6 pieces at the port of Trinidad.
Christoval de Vera also asks for priests to instruct the
Indians and for a register ship to be sent each year.
The Council recommends that Trinidad and Guayana,
until now under the Audencia of San Domingo be placed
under that of Santa Fe. The Council also recommends
that a new Governor be sent out early and that he be chosen
for his ability to arrange fortifications. Arms and munitions
should be sent at once with the new Governor in the patache
which goes with the Silver Fleet to Margarita.
As regards the supply of priests, the President of the
Audiencia of Santa Fe should consult with the Franciscans
and the Jesuits to send some from time to time.