THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No 464.
Don Josef Maria Chacon, Governor of Trinidad, to Monsieur
Roume de St Laurent, Ordonnateur of Tobago. 1787.
Source:-Paris. Archives Nationales.
State Papers Colonial. C 10. E 4.
Published by the courtesy of the Minister
of the Colonies. Paris.
Translated from the Spanish.
Port of Spain.
11th August 1787.
My dear Friend
I have received the plans of Tobago and the naut-
ical observations on that Island, for which I am much
obliged as they will prove very useful for our Marine.
Monsieur de Brueys is leaving with full knowledge
of my ideas of providing animals, in time of war, from
the Band de l'Est of Trinidad to the Port of Tobago.
The turtle fishers often go from there to Tobago and
it is possible to send by that way, all the necessary
The Marquis de Sonora died in the month of June
and the Ministry of the Indies has been divided bet-
ween the Minister of the Marine and a Councillor of
the Indies named Porlier provided that the Minister of
State, Monsieur Florida Blanca, shall decide all af-
fairs relating to foreigners and foreign places.
If you meet Monsieur de Florida Blanca, by any
chance, please tell him something about your Trinidad
in which great progress has been made, more rapidly
than could possibly have been expected, since this
year the crop will reach more than 550.000 piastres,
(2.200.000 livres Tournois); while in 1777 it merely
reached 3.000 piastres, (12.000 livres Tournois). The
crop for the next year will be much greater still, and
I am hoping that it will reach 1.000.000 piastres, (viz,
4.000.000 livres Tournois).
I am giving Monsieur de Brueys, letters for Car-
acas and Cumana; and will always do what Monsieur de
St Laurent orders,
His eternal and sincere friend and servant
Josef Maria Chacon.