THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 285.
The Royal Instructions to the Governor of Barbados.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
October i7th, 1721.
WHEREAS by the 88th Article of Our General Instructions to
you, you are restrained from granting to any person or persons,
any lands which now are or hereafter shall be in our power
to dispose of in any of our said Islands until you receive
our further orders therein
And whereas it hath been represented to us by Our
Commissioners for Trade and Plantations, that it would very
much conduce to the benefit of this Our Kingdom if not
only Tobago but the other Caribbean Islands were planted
It is therefore OurWill and Pleasure and we do hereby
give you full power and authority, with the advice and
consent of Our Council of Barbados, to make grants of land
in Tobago to be passed under the Seal of our said Island of
Barbados or any other of our Caribbee Islands.
That no grants be made to any of the Planters who have
settlements in Barbados or any other of our Caribbee Islands
That no person have a grant or be allowed to hold by
purchase or other ways or any other person in trust for him,
more than 300 acres of the lands to be disposed of and none
less than 15 ; and that every patentee be obliged to cultivate
one acre of land in fifty, every year after the date of the patent
and so in proportion for a greater or lesser quantity.
And that every patentee be obliged for every 40 acres
to keep one white man or two white women, within a year
after the date of his grant and one white man or two white
women for every twenty acres, three years after the date
That all persons who shall come to settle in the said
Island of Tobago be by their grants effectually restrained
from planting any sugar there
And as we have been informed that the soil of Tobago
is very proper for the producing of cacao, anatto and indigo,
which none of our other plantations do produce in considerable
quantities and which if duly cultivated might prove of great
advantage to the trade of the Kingdom, it is Our Will and
Pleasure that you will give all possible encouragement to the
planting and cultivating of these commodities
And as we are sensible that the settling of uncultivated
lands is not only a work of time but ot great expense it is
Our Will and Pleasuie that the Patentees of these lands be,
by their grants exempted from the payment of quit rents
for the first three years after which term you are to be sure
that they are obliged to pay quit rents at the rate of 2/6 for
every hundred acres and further that after ten years they will
be obliged to pay us the duty of 4 per cent. as in Barbados
and the Leeward Caribbee Islands.