THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No 465.
Monsieur le Comte de Brueys to the Count Dillon,
Governor 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 French.
Port of Spain.
12th August 1787.
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On the 9th of August I anchored at Port of Spain
and after conversing with Don Chacon, I was more than
confirmed in the general opinion given to me, of his
character, honesty and knowledge.
His plans for fortifications, which have been ap-
proved by his Court, appear to me complete and excel-
lent since he unites an assured protection by land and
His ideas agree entirely with ours and he regards
the interests of France and Spain, as identical.
He has arranged to provide us, during the time of
war, with all the aid we may need but instead of ship-
ping at Galera, it will be sent from Balandra, where
there is a good anchorage for small vessels, protect.
ed by an islet.
The Town of Port of Spain is much larger than I
imagined and the press is so great that, to get a house
built, you must pay twelve months in advance. Every-
thing can be got here at very fair prices and cheaper
than in other Colonies.
A good landing place is badly wanted. The shallow
water requires vessels to anchor very far out and, to
land at low water, it is necessary to do the last hun-
dred paces on the back of a sailor.
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I have the honour to be,
Your humble and obedient servant
Le Comte Dillon.
Governor of Tobago.