THE TRINIDADI) HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Publication No. 216.
A Royal Cedula to the Casa de la Conlratacion.
Source :-British iMuseum. Additional hss. 3632I.
Published by the courtesy of the Truslecs of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
i8th February, 1620.
THE KING-To the President and Officials of the Casa
de la Contratacion of Seville.
Reports have been made that the town of San Thome
de la Guayana in the Province of El Dorado has been sacked
by the enemy and that the Governor Don Diego Palameque
de Acuna has been killed. This town is in great distress and
in need of many of the necessities of life.
In aid of the inhabitants and their needs, application has
been made to me to grant a licence for one ship to go each
year to this town from these Kingdoms in the month of
October as is now done for the Island of Trinidad. This sh;p
will return laden with tobacco from the proceeds of the sale
of which, necessary articles could be supplied.
This application has been considered by my Council of
the Indies with other reports and this Council has advised
that this application should be granted and a ship sent to
this town each year from these Kingdoms in convoy with the
fleet for New Spain. This shipl should not exceed 8o tons and
should receive the produce of the inhabitants and return.
Therefore I now order you to grant this register ship with
all possible dispatch so that tile e\ssel of 8o tons can go each
year toh te ton( of San Thinme with the fleet for New Spain
carrying pn visions and other necessary articles for the support
and niailcitian of the eciios, and Indians in the town.
This ship may go without a certificated master pilot and
without the prescribed artillery notwithstanding the regula-
tions. The defl ce will rest upon their own strength and tle
ship w ill 1b guided by one wxho is proved to have knowledge
of navigate on and of the entraLnces to the mouth of the River
In this voyage tihe ship will be required to obey and
follow the necessary regulations for arrival and departure of
This is my pleasure.
I, THE KING.
18th February.. ilfo.
PI'1)RO DE LEDESMA.