THE TRINIDAI HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 838.
A Report from the Council for the Indies to the King.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36322.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the Bnitish Museum
Translated fiom the Spanish.
27th August, 1626.
Don Martin de Mendoza y Berrio is a native of Tunja
in the New Kingdom of Granada and a legitimate son of
Captain Martin de Mendoza and Dona Antonia Maria de la
1-o7 v PBerrio. He is a nephew of Antonio de Berrio and a
great grandson of Colonel Hernando de Oruna. He is
descended from Gonzalo Ximines de Quesada and is a nephew
of Fernando de Berrio and of Francisco de Berrio.
All these persons have given great services to His Majesty.
Colonel Hernando de Oruna was Governor of
Alexandria and commanded 4,000 men in the campaigns
in Germany and Piedmont.
Fernando de Berrio made 18 entries into the Province
oi Guayana and when coming to Spain in 1622 was captured
by the Moors and taken to Algiers where he died. Martin
was also captured and taken there and after about 4 years
was ransomed by His Majesty.
Francisco de Berrio was drowned with the loss of the
galleons in 1622.
Martin de Mendoza y Berrio begs for the grant of the
encomiendas of Fernando in the New Kingdom of Granada
and also for the title of Adelantado and Governor of the
Province of Guayana. These encomiendas are worth about
3,,ooo pesos a year. On 2oth January, 1624, in reply to a
petition from Dona Ana de las Alas, widow of Alquiza,
she was granted I,5oo ducats a year. Martin is now allowed
1,000 ducats, his mother 500 ducats, his sister 500 ducats
and his other sister who retired to the cloister, 200 ducats a year.