THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 357.
A Description ofye Careeby Islands. No Author. No Place.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial. C.O. 20.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
Trinidado being ye windermost Island lyes in 9 degrees
north latitude is near half as bigg as Ireland. There is on
it a towne called St. Joseph settled by about 8o-1oo Spaniards
at most and in ye year 1646 the English settled a Collony on
that Island by Commission from ye long parliament but
settling in an unhealthy part of it part of their people died
and they deserted it within 2 years time. The Island lyes
near ye mouth of ye Great River Oranock.
The next Island to this is Tobago being to ye northward
of Trinidatho in Io degrees north latitude being about
30 myles in length, Io or 12 myles broad. This Island was
settled by ye English about ye year 1642 but deserted by
ye trouble given by ye Indians and in ye year 1646 it was
again settled by myself and partners, we taking a commission
from ye Earle of Warwicke but he not performing his contract
with us, we did thereupon desert it.
Aboute ye year 1656 it was settled by ycDuke of Curland
but by ye troubles in his own country he did not supply it
and by that means they deserted ye Island and since as I am
informed it is settled by ye Dutch.