THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 322.
Report from Lieutenant Drummond on the Island of Tobago to
Francis Holbourne, Naval Commander at 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.
April I8th, 1751.
FRANCIS HOLBOURNE, Esq.
Pursuant to your orders of the 3oth ult., I sailed the next
day from hence with H.M. Ship Tavistock and arrived at
Tobago on the ist inst., when I inspected into the state of
that Island and find as follows, viz.,
Little Tobago. 4 French. I Spaniard. I Boy. I French
woman. Four huts inhabited by French turtlers. Plantains,
Bananas, some corn and a few roots growing. There are
Io Indian men and 2 Indian women with them, one of whom
appeared to be the wife to one of the Frenchmen. They have
lived here 12 years.
Man of War Bay. Called by the French Jean le Maure.
4 French and 2 Indians. Here is one hut inhabited by French
turtlers who have nothing planted. Have been here about
five months. One Frenchman has an Indian wife.
Parlatuvier Bay. 3 French. I French boy and I Indian.
Here are two huts inhabited by French turtlers who have
some plantains and cassada growing. They have been here
for three years. This is a fine large sandy bay with a fresh
Formagio Bay. 2 French. They have two huts, some
plantains and bananas growing and have been here about
12 years. This is a small sandy bay with a fresh water river
and only fit for small vessels.
Grand Courland Bay. Andre Jadouin Rochelle and his
Indian wife. He has two huts, potatoes and plantains growing.
Found riding here a French schooner called the Maie
Catherine, Andre Bompteau Master, from Trinidada with stock
and turtle belonging to and bound for Martinica.
L'Anse pres de l'eau. Between Great and Little Courland
Bays where one Le Borde did live who has been to Martinica
but returned to gather some cotton which he has a pretty
large quantity of. Only found an Indian and his wife and
children in the house who were employed in gathering this
cotton. Afterwards saw Le Borde in a canoe going on board
the French schooner for Martinica who said he came for some
of that cotton. There are also some plantains and Indian
corn belonging to him.
Little Courland Bay. 3 French. Here is one hut and a
shed. They told us the proclamation was read there but both
the French and English Captains said they might stay there
for the turtle season and then go off. There are some
From this place we proceeded to the Lagoon near Sandy
Point. Found a shed and some provisions in it but no
inhabitants. Here is a turtle crawl.
Sandy Point. 4 English. 2 French. i Spaniard Juan
Augustino. Here is one hut inhabited by English and French
turtlers. There is nothing planted here. One La Croix
belonging to the French turtlers, is gone to Martinica but is
expected back soon.
Great Rockly Bay. 3 French. Here is one hut inhabited
by French turtlers who have been here about three years.
There is nothing planted here.
Little Rockly Bay. 7 French and 3 Indians. Here is
one hut inhabited by French turtlers who have been here
about three years. They have cassada, plantains, guinea corn,
pumpkin and potato growing.
La Guira called by the French Tavoir. I French and
i Indian. Here is one shed and nothing growing. He has
been about two months there.
The French all say that from Little Tobago to Great
Rockly Bay there are none but Indians. I advised them all
to go off according to the proclamations which most of them
promised to do. I weighed fi'om Sandy Point the ioth inst.,
and made the best of my way to this place where I anchored
I am with great respect, oir,
Your most obedient and humble servant,