THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 362.
The Agreement between Abraham Marine and Captain Porynl.
Source :-Calendar of the Acts of the Privy Council. Colonial Series.
Vol. IT. 1680-1720.
September 20th, 168o.
Abraham Marine is acting as the accredited Agent of the
Duke of Courland and is authorised to sign an agreement with
Captain Poyntz for the settling of the Island of Tobago.
The Duke of Courland agrees to grant to Captain Poyn-tz
an area of 1 20,000 acres in Tobago.
Captain Poyntz agrees to take there 1,200 persons within
a period of three years and still another 1,200 persons within
a period of the next five years and to settle them on the land
in Tobago. He also agrees to erect and maintain three forts
in the Island. All the people are to take an oath of allegiance
to the Duke of Courland and they are to have the port of the
Island free of any custom dues for a period of seven years.
The land is also to be free for a certain period after which
Captain Poyntz is to pay the sum of two pence an acre a year.