'THIE RI NII)AD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 221.
Memorial from Dona Ana de las Alas to the King.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36321.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
No Date, ? 1622.
This memorial states that the memorialist is tih Widow of
Sancho de Alquiza who was sent with secret dispatches and
orders from His Majesty of great importance to give informa-
tion of great weight to the Governor of Castille. He found
the Governor at Corunna where Alquiza embarked and
delivered the orders to the whole fleet. When this had been
done, Alquiza was put in charge of various flyboats and
ordered by the Governor to crturn to His Majesty with
important dispatches. When he had given duc account
thereof, His Majesty ordered him to return to discharge his
ollice of Captain and Major of the town of Cartagena in
While he was thus engaged, the Governor Don Geronimo
de Zauzo, by order of His Majesty, nominated him as
Lieutenant for war and in the year 1604 His Majesty was
pleased to appoint him as Governor and Captain General of
the Province of Venezuela where he served for six successive
years and reduced many tribes of rebel Indians, put an end
to smuggling and killed many enemies. At His Majesty's
orders, he also settled the repartimiento of the Indians of the
provinces. He also assisted with help when the flagship and
tender of the fleet under the command of Don Geronimo
de Portugal were lost and sa ed all the artillery which was
of great value.
'l n !le (1ni' ol'h is g'Oemnen t expired His Majesty
orcdei r him 'i tiake the iresidelcia on Don Ferdinando
dte Beni GC:i,,,.c ( r ot Ti;iidad and Guayana and to
invcstlig'Ic and pnt In end to the ...1 ;,; carried on by
him atd i ,lnIth'c. lie Lii Id 2:) English and Dutch ships
cngagwaed in I is )lobac(o i radt aind making themselves
master( of it.
Don Sanchl il! Alquiza went at hii, own expense taking
with himn n1an. soldierss w-ith arnms nd amnnmuitioln. He
drove I ie .I; :iI ;i \ ;w y :io the Idmai o' Trinidad and the
River (ol ( mnav;mi ib thc livte o I hiis arquebuses ; all at his
own i n t ili, 1 \ cxpci.eses to lis M\ajeslt, spcndinlg thus
in a'm s ;ind 1 ,li iiin lmn ce (l' tIl soldiers more than
ten-1 ti: 1,1ii 1id (il iI;ti.l
A. ir it o0' the xaliablm e :,i t-ice of her husband, the
memorii ali t .,. )ot coli.1"l( nation ol' le' p'CresCent 1ul 11tunatc
positi ] I.