THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 212.
A Letter from Miguel de Montesinos to the King.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36321.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
SAN JOSEF DE ORUNA,
5th June, 1619.
Miguel de Montesinos claimed to have been 26 years in
the service of His Majesty and during 12 of these years to have
been as an inhabitant in the Island of Trinidad.
He represented that he had fought frequently himself and
with his slaves, against the English, Dutch and Irish who had
attacked tie Island at different times. He begged that he
should be given a Captaincy of a Company.
The Cabildo of Trinidad reported that Miguel de
Montesinos had been 23 years in this Province having come
with Domingo de Vera in 1596. Ten years had been spent
at the town of San Josef in the Island of Trinidad where he
had been Alcalde de la Hermandad, Procurator General
Don Fernando de Berrio confirmed the above record and
added that Miguel de Montesinos had taken part in the
founding of the settlement of Los Arias in Guayana and had
also assisted in the punishment of the Indians of Tabaco and