THE TRINII)D ) HISTORIC A SOCIETY.
Publication No. 237.
A Royal Cedula to Luis de Monsalves, Governor of Trinidad.
Source : British Museum. Additional Mss. 36321.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
i2th October, 1625.
THIE KING---Don Lis de Monsalves, my Governor and
Captain General of the Island or Trinidad and Guyana.
Your lItcer of tihe 25thl February of this year has been
received and considered by my Royal Council of the Indies.
In this letter you comply with the orders conveyed by my
cedula of the ilth June of the year 1623 and report upon a
certain tribe of Indians of that province named Chaguanes
who are said to number- more than a thousand and to be of
such bad disposition that they led the English when they
took the town and whose crime has not yet been punished
for want of force enough to do this and who acknowledge
no master save their own wishes.
You should now forthwith proceed to punish these Indians
so as to bring them to obedience to me which will lead to
reduction of other Indian tribes. You should comply carefully
with the instructions and orders which apply to such matters
and report your proceedings to me.
I, THE KING,
FERNANDO RUIZ DE CONTRERAS.
12th October, 1625.