THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 146.
Francisco de Castellanos, Treasurer of Cubagua to the King.
Source :-Boletin de la A4~0mia Nacional de Historia de Caracas,
Vol. IX, No. V3. March, 1926. Translated from the
27th April, 1534.
The Licenciado Francisco de Prado had received his
accounts' and taken thegrater part of the balances.
The Vtec iof of pearls anfunted altogether to 162 marcos -"
of ordina~ qtlity. There were very few fine ones because
the greater part were not from the open sea but those found
near the shore which were then being worked and at present
the support of the Island. It is more than three years since ,
he came there and this was the first visit fromp His Majesty's4
Antonio Sedeno has failed as the men he had, were those
from the expedition of Ogdas who had e1 him and gone to
Paria. Sedeno had been left in Trinidad with 20 men only
and he was expected in-Cubagua daily.
The Indians of Trinidad are experienced in war and the
ioo men that he had, could only command the land but a
short distance from the camp. At the end of two years there,
no one dared to go more than a musket shot from the palisades
they had erected.
He was glad to learn that a commission had been granted
to Geronimo Ortal.
The Superior of the Franciscans had been there to
establish the friars in that Island so that from there they
could go to preach the Gospel to the Indians of Tierra Firme.
,JoWl%-ave yet gone for want of interpreters; there were no
funds from which to pay them,; may this be provided.
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