THE TRINIIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 214.
Don Fernando de Berrio to the King of Spain.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36321.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustces of the British Muscum.
Translated from the Spanish.
No PLACE. PROBABLY SAN THOME.
No date. Probably June, 1619.
When the news came of the death of Don Diego Palameque
de Acuna and the sacking of the town of San Thome, he was
on his estates 70 leagues distance from Santa Fe. He left
there immediately and offered his services to the Royal
At his own expense lie went with 30 soldiers to the port
of Casanare and arranged for boats and supplies so as to go
to San Thome. He had 30 men paid by the Royal Treasury
with 12 others and some Indians all paid by him. In
addition to the 2,000 ducats lent from the Treasury, he has
supplied another 2,000 ducats towards the expenses.
At Casanare he waited from the 151t June till the
20th November expecting the Ioo men which had been
ordered to be sent there. At this time Captain Juan de
Lezama arrived from San Thome having come up the River
Orinoco from the Cabildo to report to the Audiencia.
As a result of his report the Audiencia ordered him to
proceed at once without any further assistance though lihe
petitioned again for more men. He therefore sought for men
and money from his friends and left with 44 men. He was
well received at San Thome but in the Island of Trinidad
he found Don Juan de Villoria y Quinoncs as Governor. He
had been sent for that purpose by the Audicncia of
San Domingo and in consequence the people of Trinidad
refused to receive him or acknowledge him as Goveinor.
He begs that a ship of register be granted each year to
At San I'Thlnlc he lund (:Captain Diego Martin de Baena
who joined the mncii head to the force with Don Fernando
He 3uiid tiat tile Caribs in o3 pirogues had been at
San Tlomne and troubled the Spaniards as wcll as killing
many of' the friclndly Indians nearby He had therefore put
aside other matters and proceeded to deal at once with
He urges thl great importance of keeping possession of the
Island of Trinidad and recommends that a small fort with
100oo men a, garris'o should be erected at each place,
San Josel and San Tliome.
He asks Ibr a licence so that he may return to Spain on a
visit. lHe has served in this government for 23 years and
complains that lie has never received a cent of pay. He had
asked for 4,000 pes;os of gold as assistance fbr the town of
San Tliomnc lt lhad only been granted a loan of 2,000 ducats
for three yeais. He asks thlt ihis amount be written off the
books or placed against the arrcais of' Ipa due to him.