THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 78.
Codula to the Admiral and Officials of Espanola ordering them to
cease taking Indiansfrom Trinidad.
June, i5th 1510. From -Monzon, Spain.
Source: -Coleccion de Documentos Ineditos. Pacheco y Cardenas.
1864. Translated from the Spanish.
The King .. To Don Diego Colon, Our Admiral and Governor
of the Indies and Our Officials of the Island of Espanola.
As it is reported that our interests would be best served
if at present no Indians were brought. from the Island of ,
Trynidad as there are Islands much nearer from which they
can be brought and moreover that it is an island of some
size and is said to have gold and that it is at peace and that
trade is carried on with the Indians for pearls and that by
offending these Indians of this Island we should lose the
pearl trade because there are not at present any other Indians
along the whole coast of Tierra Firme at peace and that it
is well to maintain peace in this Island as the pearl trade
is profitable ;
Therefore I do order you that from now on you shall
not allow nor permit anyone to take Indians from this said
Island and that these said Indians shall always be well treated
Furthermore Indians are not to be brought from the
islands near to the Island of Sant Xoan nor from the Island
of Cuba nor Jamaica since there are other Islands to the
north whence Indians may be brought ; however if on the
Pearl Coast there are Indians who attack those in Sant Xoan
and others who serve there not being rebels or against us,
then you may grant licences to take them ;
Also you should consider whether by making a settlement
of christians in Cuba on the coast, it would be possible to
bring Indians from there to gain gold from the mines in
Espanola ; consider this carefully how it could be done and
send me your views.
At Monzon on the fifteenth day of the month of June
in the year one thousand five hundred and ten.
I, THE KING.
By order of His Highness,