THE TIIINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 245.
A ReportJ om Ihe Bishop of Porto Rico to the King.
Source : Brilish lMuseum. Additional Mss. 36322.
Published by the courtesy of the T, ustecs of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spani.h.
SUMMARY. 23rd February, I634.
Don Juan Lopez de Agarto de la Mata, the Bishop of
Porto Rico, reports that at the town ol' San Thoime there are
only 40 vecinos. These people are very poor and have no
rade in tobacco, the only product whiich could remedy
heir position. No register ship has come to that town for
the past two years.
He also reports that the Dutch were settled near at hand
in the rivers Belvis (Berbice), Corentine and Esquivo.
The Bishop records that the Island of Trinidad is very
fertile, even more so than that of Porto Rico. There are
in the Island 26 vecinos and about 4,000 Indians. He
recommends sending 25 families at once to settle in Trinidad.
He reports that the Island of Tobago is populated with
many Dutch settlers. The Bishop had to take on this voyage
from Porto Rico to Guayana and Trinidad, three armed
boats and 70 soldiers at his own cost as a protection against
the Carib Indians.
He states that there is a Cura in the town of Guayana
and also in that of Trinidad but they neither of them have
been paid and he has been unable to find men willing to
take these posts and go there.