THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 421.
An Adventurer in Trinidad to a French Gentleman in Grenada.
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.
Translated from the French.
11th January 1777.
I should be failing in my duty to all the families
which would wish to profit from the advantages and pri-
vileges which His Majesty, Don Carlos, King of Spain,
the Two Sicilies and the Indies,etc, offers if I did not
let them know what was happening here.
Monsieur the Governor, Don Emmanuel Falquez, has
spoken to me and charged me to write and make known
to everyone of all conditions and trades, to come and
take lands in Trinidad to cultivate and plant whatever
produce they may wish.
Everyone arriving here will be naturalised, his
wife, brothers, sisters, etc, and can at once buy goods
of all kinds and sell out at any time,retire or bequeath
to anyone;his goods go to his wife,children or parents
without difficulty, as such are the orders of the King.
Land is granted wherever wanted up to one thou-
sand quarrees in any part of the Island. As for negroes,
whether one brings a single one or ten thousand, no
duty is payable nor on anything else imported.
Any inhabitant or other person can embark on any
ship under any flag; and under whatever flag they ar-
rive and whatever religion, they will be well received
and equally protected. I can certify this myself from
the favours I have received from His Majesty and Mon-
sieur the General.
As for produce, this can be sold on the spot or
sent to Spain. I can assure you as to fertility, as to
a ready supply of good meat and fish, the healthiness
of the air for negroes as for whites.
Indigo grows splendidly; sugar canes ratoon ten
years in succession without being replanted; coffee
yields better than in any other part of America; cotton
produces up to four pounds when planted at nine by
nine feet; tobacco yields a quarter to each foot while
for cacao the lands are very good.
Those who came here first have taken the lands
near the sea, well watered and around the port; there
is a large quantity of good quality but more distant
from the port. Those inhabitants who desire proof can
have as much as they wish.
It is an honour and a pleasure to give you this in-
formation which is based on the experience I have had
of a year and a half of work in the Island and it will
be a great advantage and opportunity with the privil-
eges which the King allows.
I could give you much further information and in
greater detail and I have only briefly sketched the
advantages to be found here.
I have the honour to be sincerely
Your humble and very obedient servant,