THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 439.
Agreement made with Messrs Vueuil and de St Remy
for the Settlement of the Island of Tobago.
Source:-Paris. Archives Nationales.
State Papers Colonial. C 10. E 1.
Published by the courtesy of the
Minister of the Colonies.
Translated from the French.
24th December 1645.
We, the undersigned Directors of the Company of
the Islands of America, are authorised by the said
Company to agree with Messrs Vueuil and de St Remy
for the settlement of the Island of Tobago in the 11th
degree near to the Island of the Trinity and we, the
undersigned Vueuil and de St Remy, are in accord and
agree to the Articles and Conditions following; that
is to say
That the Company will effect the necessary Com-
mission for the Messrs in the name of the King and
Company, to go and take possession of the Island of
Tobago, to settle it with French and Catholics and to
provide Resident Governors, all within six years from
May 1st 1646.
That after the said six years, the Company will
pass the Government to the said Messrs for another
six years and after that for twelve years, to whomever
they may appoint.
That the Messrs agree to send to the Island in the
first year, 200 persons to begin the settlement, with
clergy to administer the sacraments and to instruct
the savages: and afterwards, at least 50 persons each
six months of the French nation and professing the Ro-
man Catholic Faith.
That during the first six years, the inhabitants
will be required to pay no dues other than those imp-
osed by the Governor;and the Company can do no more.
That after the first six years, the Company will
receive 50 pounds of petun (tobacco) as personal dues
during each of the next six years. Afterwards the Com-
pany may take such personal dues as are usual in the
other Islands of the Company.
That the Company will nominate suitable people to
administer justice, on condition that the Messrs pay
suitable salaries and that they shall be Civil as well
as Military Judges.
That the Messrs provide during the twelve years,
for an appropriate Militia.
That inhabitants of other French Islands may not
be admitted to Tobago without paying to the Company,
the same personal dues.
That for the safety of the people,the Messrs shall
construct a Fort there provided with cannon and arms
which shall be maintained so that at the end of twelve
years, it will be in a proper state of defence to be
handed over to the Company free of charge.
That the Governor shall decide and delimit the
lands required and necessary for the purpose of each
inhabitant after application.
That lands so granted which remain uncultivated
after two years, shall revert to the Company.
That the Messrs shall deliver to the Company each
year, a roll of all the inhabitants; their names, sur-
names, age, country and religion, certified by the Ec-
clesiastical Superior,the Judge and the Commissary of
the Company in that Island.
Signed on the 24th December 1645.
Foucquet. Berrayer. Louis Hurault.
Charles Francois de St Remy.