THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 47.
The Council of the Indies to the King.
24th October, 1653.
Source :-Additional Mss. 36330. British Museum. Published
by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
On behalf of the Island of Trinidad and Town of
St. Thome de la Guayana, it has been represented that it is
20 years since an authorised ship went to these parts and
consequently they are suffering great want ol clothing and
other things and their crops are worthless as they ha c no
market for them and that in one of the covenants made with
the Governor, Don Martin de Mcndoca permission was given
to the vecinos of that Island and Town to send their produce
to these Kingdoms for ten years free of duties and that they
have neither had ships nor means to make use ol this favour.
They beg Your Majesty to grant them in perpetuity or
tor ten years two authorized ships, one for Trinidad and the
other for Guayana.
This has been considered in the Council together with the
report from the Casa de Contratacion thereon of the 16th
September last ; it appears advisable if it please Your Majesty,
that one authorised ship may be granted then for four years
allowing one voyage each year to Trinidad and Guayana and
that produce olfthatcountry which may be registered for Spain
be free of duty so that thereby they iia} be einco(iuraged to
cultivate their land and to trade and ma\ hLave clothing to
wear wherefrom profit will accrue to the Royal Treasury and
advantage to those subjects; upon condition that the products
they bring to Spain are to pay the customary entrance dtces
of the Custom Houses thereof.
Your Majesty will order what may be your good pleasure.