THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 147.
A Report made in the Town of San Miguel in Paria at the Fort of
His Majesty on the Main.
Source :-Boletin de la Academia Nacional de Historia de Caracas,
Vol. IX, No. 23. -March, 1926. Translatedfrom the Spanish.
This report was made at the order of Geronimo de Ortal, Governor of
the Gulf of Paria before Joan Prise the Alcalde.
SAN MIGUEL DE PARIA,
23rd October, 1534.
It is eight days since Ortal arrived here with the ship
San Sebastian and the caravel San Anton with 140 men and arms,
supplies, &c., having left behind at San Lucar de Barrameda
a galleon to come after them with more than Ioo men. It
left eight days later in charge of Hernandez de Alderete.
Everyone in this town has received help and supplies from
Ortal. He had with him all kinds of supplies, artillery and
light draught vessels. Also a physician, a surgeon and
On arrival at Paria he found there Antonio de Herrera
(Teniente of the deceased Ordas by order of the Audiencia of
Espanola) with two Alcaldes and Regidors to whom he
presented his credentials and was received with obedience.
About 20 days before his arrival, the Indians of the
province had attacked because Herrera had held as prisoner,
Antonio Sedeno the Governor of Trinidad, who had stirred
them up by sending to tell them that Herrera intended to kill
them and take their women as slaves. These rebellious
Indians had killed four christians of the town of San Miguel
and had also killed two priests and 24 christians in a pirogue
near the town on their way back to Cubagua about 8 leagues
away. One deposition stated that these Carib Indians
appeared in front of the town in pirogues and displayed to
the people, the heads of the priests and the clothes of the,$-
Ortal sent an Indian of peace who was in the town with
wine, food and other presents to Turpiare the principal
Cacique of the province asking him to come and assist
His Majesty to pacify the land and punish those who did
sich evil deeds. The' Indian had orders to return within
four days but more than six had elapsed and still he had not
come. They feared that he had been killed by the other
Indians or had not found the Cacique or that he feared to
return because after the rebellion the Indians had ravished
the district and burnt many houses.
When Geronimo Ortal arrived at this town, he found
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