THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 268.
A Report from the Council of the Indies to the King.
Source :-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36326.
Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
30th April, 1640.
SIRE-By one of the articles of agreement with Don Martin
de Mendoca de la Hoz Berrio y Quesada as to the pacification
of Trinidad and Guayana and the establishment of a
garrison there and the dislodgement and expulsion of the
enemy from these places
Your Majesty granted to the vecinos of the said Island
for the space of io years freedom from custom dues on
tobacco which is brought to Seville ; this concession dated
from ioth June, 1639 when the extension already granted
expired. By this favour it was hoped that many would be
encouraged to settle in the said provinces and the number
increase so that the evils andihardships of the present
settlers by reason of the incessantjwar with the enemy may
be in some degree remedied.
The said Don Martin has represented that at present as
these shores are so infested with enemies no one from these
Kingdoms dares to trade with these ports as there is so great
risk and so little profit. For this reason the vecinos of the
said Island cannot benefit from the said concession which
Your Majesty has granted them as regards the tobacco
because when it was granted they only cultivated this product
whereas now it is cultivated by the foreigners settled in these
parts by which its value is considerably lessened; bearing
rhis in mind as a means of encouraging, ship owners of these
Kingdoms lo tainkl- iirclandisc and u:rticles which the vecinos
of that Island require for their relief.
He beseeches Your Majesty to grant the favour to these
vecinos that they shall be free from paying customs dues on
all produce cultivated and obtained in the said provinces
and sent to Seville.
This application was laid before the Council and after
consideration, it appeared advisable if it please Your Majesty,
that this favour could be accorded for the ten years granted
May Your Majesty be pleased to order according to
3oth April, 1640.
This document is endorsed by the approval of the King.