THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 48.
The Queen Regent, Dona Mariana de Ashuria.s t Count Penaranda,
Principal Secretary oj State, 1671.
Source :-British Guiana Venezuela Boundary Dispute.
British Case. Documents, Vol. I, No. 15, 1896.
We shall now treat of that most endangered ; and we
will first begin with the Island of Trinidad where the three
ports considered and supposed to be the most important
must be inspected. The said Island is important and may
All necessary orders having been given for stores,
powder, &c., and for the men who are to be engaged on the
said Island, it will be necessary to visit and inspect the
whole of it.
Without loss of time they must proceed to the Orinoco
and at the narrowest part of the said river it is necessary to
build a strong fort. The said fort must be constructed of
for ramparts with moat, and all the rest it may require with
eight pieces of artillery.
Some men may be left there from one of the ships.
And steps may be taken to form a good town and a good
bargain at the same time for Spain.
The Dutch are near the entrance of the said river.
Resolution of the Council of State presided over by the
Due de Medinaccli and at which Don Diego de Portugal
Don Joseph de Avellanada and the Marquis de Varinas
A-bout Trinidad of the Windwiard it was said to be a very
ilunhalthy place for Europeans for which reason the French
had no1t occuplied it ; that there was some trade "with the
Dutch ; th;t the Rir ()Orinoco was lth highway to the new
kingdom ; and it was agreed thia (lhe Island of Trinidad
I*elended itself hby its had climate and the barrenness (oiits soil:
that the River O(rinoo \ith a idtll o nior( than la '() leagues
1t its io tlio[ shliull Iio lt 1' io cui picd ; and although it wa
proposed tlat .ra\v should le allanldomd on account ol tie
expenlse ol maintaininig 3,o, mien there it was agreed it should
be maintained as it ih;d also been constructed for the defence
oF thi it oa : though it was (1iite true it \was considerably
dlit'l t l'ro)i the Orinoco i be abil to guard and hinder it
I'rom lbing entered still it always served as a hindrance
and embarrassment to enemies who would like to attempt
some conquest by that river.