THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 171.
The Alcaldes of Trinidad to Juan Munoz Gadea, Governor of
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36331.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum
Translated from the Spanish.
SAN JOSEF, TRINIDAD,
18th June, 1684.
In the absence of Colonel Don Diego Suarez, Ponce
de Leon, the Governor, and Captain General of this Province
for His Majesty, the government has been left to us the
Alcaldcs Ordinarios, Captain Lorenco de Salcedo and
Bernabe Garcia with the Commander of the soldiers, the
Sargento Mayor, Captain Juan de Orbai.
We have had news on the 7th and the I2th of this month
that the French allied with the Caribs had attacked San Thome
de la Guayana. They had captured the Governor and
kept him a prisoner in the fort. The French had also
captured all the infantry of the garrison as well as all the
inhabitants of the town and all those who had gone with
the Governor from here.
This took place on the 3oth May, 1684. We sent some
men from here to reconnoitre but as they found some of the
enemy at Punto del Gallo, they could not proceed further
and had to return.
We have very few men and are almost besieged since
in a few days the enemy will be off this Island and invade it.
It is necessary to resettle the said town of San Thome
in Guayana which is a matter of great importance for the
service of His Majesty. In his name we exhort and beseech
Your Lordship to help and relieve this place with men,
munitions and supplies ; as much as is possible for we are
very lacking in all.
It is important to the service of His Majesty that the
enemy be prevented from settling in this government as they
are determined to do and that we should not be found without
adequate force to resist them. With this object as a loyal
servant of His Majesty, may Your Lordship send the necessary
aid by the vessel which brings this news and which can
return at once with this assistance.
May Your Lordship be pleased to forward the enclosed
dispatches at once to the Governor of the Province of Nueva
Andalucia and to the Governor of Venezuela so that they
may be prepared and warn all in these provinces and in
the New Kingdom of Granada.
LORENCO DE SALCEDO.
JUAN DE ORVAI.
i8th June, 1684.