Notes by James S. Lindsley, September 1958.
1700 Construction in St.Augustine
let. reference Leturiondo, priest, states Hospital and
Hermitage of Nuestra Senora de la Soledad const1 actedd of wood.
Heavy destruction by Moore. Spaniards also destroyed section
of town in North. Auto [document] Nov.11,1702. Gov. Zuniga refers to
strong 2 story houses in vicinity of Fort and issues order to burn and
destroy them. Three days later orders burning of Adjutpnt Melendez
house as it was strongest and newest. In later years when appraisal
was made 31 dwellings were claimed to be destroyed by Spaniards.
Fray Alecano reports to Crown English destroyed all but
Hospital and some 20 houses left in bad condition. All churches, mis-
sions and Convent burned. Constructed of wood.
Witnesses in Cuba
Pedro Rivera: English put fire to greater part of town. Eye witness,
Captain Ramirez: "As aid arrived English put fire burning major portion."
No more than 20 houses standing, mostly lower income.
Juan de Urrutia(?) Enemy fired major portion of place. Not a single
dwelling for the Religious left. Enemy left usable ( slightly) Soledad,
sees all as a resident. Churches of wood, roof and walls'.
Ensign J. Machado: Enemy burned major part left 20 to 30 houses of
the residents and Soledad paredes y cerca (walls and fence] as they
were of the same construction and material as the structures which re-
mained standing in said Presidio.
A. Sanchez Vasmonde: As English saw aid 0#0AX arriving they put fire
to the houses which could be seen from the relief ships. Left some 20
to 25 houses and Soledad.
Witnesses during Judicial review [residencial of official acts of ex-
Gov. Zu~iga. Royal Officials questioned: If they know or have seen at
the time of the entrance and 2 months siege which the enemy made, if
the entire city was left burned and the cercas [fences], houses every-
thing in them destroyed, except some few houses left?
Adjutant Luis Rodrigo: Was true, only a few left.
Captain Francisco Gonzales: Correct.
Adjutant Jos. Rodriguez: All Treasury and de la Leche destroyed. Only
few houses remain.
Sergeant Thomas Rico: Correct few left.
Soldier San Juan : 0
Bernardo Carvajal: Defense for Zuniga Before 1702 siege a butcher
and stable for Zuniga was made for Zuniga and that wood was cut for
Royal House of Treasurer which was begun to be built when the enemy
came. Following the siege the meat market was built again and the
principal post of the guard was made of stone with a shihgle roof.
Pedro Salazar: He saw the gu-rd house was made of stone material from
the Royal House which was burned.
Pedro Rivera: Reported infantry performed guard duty beneath palmetto
thatched roof for more than 3 years owing to omission by Zufiga in
making guard house. He began it and left it half completed. Today
Alonso Aviles: After enemy burned town Zufiga made not one construction.
Walls (Merallas) of Royal House were demoloshed to begin Guard House
which was only half completed.
Squad Corporal Valderama: He said Treasury next to Accountant built of
1707 Gov. C. Martinez [Corcoles] to Crown
Hurricane lasted 48 hours, inundated town major part of houses ruined-
majority of presidio sought shelter in stronger ones.
Governor Corcoles: January ordered appraisals meke of buildings des-
troyed in enemy siege to be sent to Council of Indies these were not
remitted till August 1709. Appraisals carried out by Captain Joachim
de Florencia Adjutant Jos. Melendez, Manuel Bentura (Gonzales).
Claims for 149 houses were submitted, 31 of which were burned by Zuftiga.
Included were claims for Royal House of Governor, Accounting anf Treas-
urer. No locations.given., although value is. 40 pesos 1500
1 House and Kitchen, Captain Lopez wood............. $800
2 House Polonia Sayes wood & thatch................... 200
3 House Mario Solas straw and boards................ 60
Francisco de Aldeso wood ................ ........ 250
5 Domicio Natural [native] straw and wood........... 70
6 Guillermo Car wood................................ 500
7 Salvador Francisco wood and straw................. 50
8 Balua wood and straw..................... 50
9 Mendoza low [C? wood ..................... 50
10 Ensign Escovedo low C?] and wood.................. 100
11 Lorenzo Ruis wood................................. 400
12 Thomas Escalona wood and straw.................... 200
No mention of tapia or stone in above. This is not the case with
A reference to a specific structure occurs this year in an inventory of
the possessions of Jos. Benedit Horruytiner who was imprisoned because
of irregularities in the subsidy which he collected.
The report: First an inventory is made of the houses of his residence,
plus the site to which they belong all enclosed by a wooden fence.
* Their bedroom and parlor (have) on the North side a structure
(enletta) of stone and of palm thatch on the East and West plus their
kitchen of palm thatch.
* [The above seems to me an improbable translation. I suggest it might
be better stated Their bedroom and parlor on the North side A struc-
ture (enletta) on the West and East, of stone and of palm thatch plus
their kitchen of palm thatch.
Scribe Juan Solano certifying work of Gov. Corcoles y Martinez
"The number of houses which have been constructed in stone and tabby
is many since his office.
1715-1719 Royal Officials report on money spent for reconstruction
during term of interim Gov. Ayala Escobar. They mention quarrying of
stone and the building of ovens for lime.
Case against the Parish Priest Pedro Acevedo "look between boards of
Dofta Antonia de ArgUelles' house to see the shamelessness with which
said Father was in house they saw him getting ready for supper."
Italics mine. Acevedo convicted.
Ordered Don Manuel Horruytiner, adjutant, to bring a light to bedroom
of palm thatch, of Petia, absent Pena's wifealone man in house -
thatch could be broken through.
1700 Leturiondo AGI 58:23
1702 AGI 58:28
AGI 58: 214: 47/50
Ibid p. 5094: 5093: 50881?] 5028[?1 5027
1707 AGI 58:28, 11 12476 12439
1707 AGI 58:28 Cuaderno 2 p. 3568
The above lot borders on the North with house of the Accountant of
Don Thomas Mendndez; on the South with heirs of Doha Zigarroa; on the
West Capt. Don Juan Ruis Mexia; on the East by Roral street.
AGI 58 15360 [?]
Madrid June 14, 1717 pp. 4766-4765
Hita de Salazar-- Horruytiner--Pueyo
1714, Feb.12: Don Juan de Hita y Salazar
To: Doha Sebastiana de Bueyo, native of this city.
1721, May 25: Don Pablo de Hita Salazar, son of Capt. Don Juan de
Hita Salazar and Dofa Antonia Menendez Marquez
To: Doha Mrifa Josepha de Pueyo, daughter of Capt.
Don Juan de Pueyo, deceased, and Dopa Maria de Ledn.
1724, March 21: Don Pedro de Ita y Salazar, native of this city, son
of Don Pedro de Ita y Salazar and Catalina de Ledn
To: Maria de los Angeles Benedit Horruitiner, daughter
of Benedit Horruitiner and Ascencia de Floren-
1727, Sept.23: Don Pedro (Rios) Ita y Salazar, son of Don Thomas Ita
y Salazar and Doha Luciana de los Ribs
To: Doha Luciana Horruytiner, daughter of Capt. Don
Juan Horruytiner and Doia Josepha de Le6n
1738, Oct. 6: Don Pablo de Hita y Salazar, Pon of Don THomas de Hita
y Salazar widowerr of Dofna Theresa Menindez [Marquez]
and Doha Lorenza de la Vera y Rios
To: Doha Mariana Horruytiner, daughter of Don Miguel[?]
Horruytiner and Doha Maria de Pueyo
1756, June 10: Don Joseph Elixio de la Puente, son of Antonio de
To: Doha Clara Maria de Hita y Salazar, daughter of
Don Pablo de Hita y Salazar and Dofa Mariana Horruytiner