THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 240.
A Report from the Council of the Indies to the King.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36322.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
7th July, 1629.
SIRE-Don Luis de Monsalves, Governor and Captain
General of the Island of Trinidad and Guayana, reports
to Your Majesty in a letter of loth March of this year that
a patache came to Trinidad from the Island of Margarita
and from Cumana from which he learnt that a pirogue with
Caribs had been captured on that coast.
These Caribs infest all the seas around this Island and do
irreparable damage since these savages take and eat human
From these Caribs it was learnt that the Island of Tavaco
is settled by Flemings which if true is of grave importance
to all nearby including the Island of Trinidad as there is
between the two islands only an arm of the sea but six leagues
across as a defence.
On other occasions when in jeopardy, the Spaniards
have been found so weak and in need of assistance that this
settlement shows that the enemy has designs on the Islands
and especially that of Trinidad. It is lacking in means for
defence and begs for muskets, munitions and men since
without them no defence can be made.
This report has been considered by Your Council together
with another from the Cabildo from San Thome in which
is also represented the need for defence. The Council
recognizes the great necessity of supplying this Island with
arms and munitions since there may be serious danger and
risk to the Islands of Trinidad and Margarita since Tavaco
is to windward of them.
It is recommended that 50 muskets, arquebuses and
necessary powder be sent at the cost of the Royal Exchequer.
May Your Majesty order as may be necessary.
7th July, 1629.