THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 83.
A letter from Don Juan de Eulate Governor ofMargarita to the King.
December 29th, 1636. Margarita.
Source :-Additional MSS. 36314. BritishMuseum.
Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
Sire-May God preserve Your Majesty. I have received
your letter of March of this year and learn thereby that in
conformity with my petition to Your Majesty respecting those
who distinguished themselves in the expedition to Punta de
la Galera, Your Majesty has granted Don Juan Albares
de Eulate, my son a salary of 400oo pesos and Blas de Heredia
300 pesos and Juan de Brito and Luis Rolon de Armas
200 pesos all charged on the revenue from the unalloted
Indians of the Province of Cartagena.
I acknowledge this special favour from the magnificence
of Your Majesty whose hand I kiss and fall at your feet for
the favour which you have done them and for the honour
which is done to me on account of the good arrangements in
In June and August of this year the Governor of Guayana
pointed out to me his manifest risk of ruin unless he were
helped as will be evident to Your Majesty from the copies of
the letters which he wrote to me on this matter which are at
the beginning of the report I send Your Majesty of the result
of the assistance I sent him while I remained on guard,
without any expense to the Royal Ireasury and this event
proves that my statements are correct.
Further nothing which has occurred for the service of
Your Majesty and has been carried out by my hands has
ever failed and this has resulted in equal good fortune as
Your Majesty will see by the said report.
It is my firm opinion that for these settlements which the
enemy holds in these parts nothing further is necessary beyond
what I have written to Your Majesty in various letters and
this is so certain in my estimate that if when the enemy first
occupied Curazoa the Governor nearest to it had attacked
them with 300 men he would have cut them to pieces for lie
would have found them without fortifications.
I do not know any just reason why the enemy in Curazoa
and so far from their country that they cannot obtain
assistance in a year, should be b1eter than the subjects of
Your Majesty who can be assisted every week w thout
difficulty. These points arc in imy opinion so considerable
that it will be thus desirable for Y M'lajcsty to order the
Governors of this coast to resist the enemy in their attempts
to settle these parts before le is lbrtified and to help one
another without fail, for wherever this is done I feel sure that
the enemy wiill go with his haiicis to his head and Your
Majesty will be spared the excessix expenses caused to you
by fleets despatched to these pa rts.
Among the 60 Dutch and French whom I ordered to be
executed as shown by the autos sent herewith. 19 boys were
spared. They are from different parts and in my opinion
may be disposed of without sending them hither and thither
for they bring these boys in order to render them efficient in
the languages of the Indians and teach them their perfidious
arts and by this intercourse they become very experienced in
all tlhe rix ers as Belbis, Essequibo and Orinoco ; a thing very
detrimental in my opinion to the service of Your Majesty
whose Catholic and Royal Person may Our Lord preserve
many years as Christendom needs.
Margarita. 2gth December, 1636.
Your Majesty's himble sen ant,
JUAN DE EULATE.