Group Title: The Trinidad Historical Society publication.
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Title: Publication
Physical Description: no. : ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Port-of-Spain
Publication Date: 1932?-52?
Frequency: irregular
completely irregular
Subject: History -- Periodicals -- Trinidad   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1-1042.
Numbering Peculiarities: Ceased publication.
Issuing Body: Issued 1932-35 by the society under its earlier name: Trinidad Historical Society.
General Note: Reprints of documents relating to the history of Trinidad.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00080962
Volume ID: VID00075
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 45882505

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Publication No. 87.

The Grant of Tobago by the King to the Duke of Courland.
November i7th, 1664. London.

Source:--Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial,
C.O. 18. No. 143.

Published by courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the Deputy
Keeper of the Public Records.

Be it known and certified to all and singular persons to
whose sight these presents shall come that on the 17th day of
November in the year of Our Lord 1664 by a double writing
of the same tenour and language it was agreed between the
Most Serene and Most Potent Prince Charles by the Grace of
God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of
the Faith on the one part and the Most Illustrious Prince James,
Duke in Livonia of Curland and Senegallia on the other part

That the said Lord King by these presents doth give and
grant to the said Lord Duke of Curland, his heirs and
successors full liberty of trade and commerce for such ships
as do belong properly and in good truth to him or them
(but not for such ships as belong to any of his subjects) in any
river or harbour within the dominions of His Serene Majesty
in the Coast of Africa which is called by the name of Guinea
as also in any merchandise not exceeding the value of
twelve thousand pounds English money yearly according to
the price the said merchandise first were bought for in those
coasts and places from whence they departed ; together with
full liberty and power to build one or more warehouses or
storehouses under the Castles and Forts which shall belong to
his said Majesty or his subjects in those coasts, to hold and
enjoy the said liberties so long as there doth continue friendship,
amity and a good understanding between the said King
and Duke.

Upon the view and consideration of this concession or
grant thus made by His Majesty, the said Lord Duke of
Curland grants and makes over to his said Majesty, his heirs
and successors, the Fort of St. Andrew in Guinea and all other
forts, fortifications and sconces there belonging to the said
Lord Duke together with all guns, bullets and powder and
other warlike instruments belonging to the said or any of
the forts.

And the said Lord Duke of Curland doth agree and
promise for himself, his heirs and successors that they shall
respectively pay to the said Lord the King, his heirs and
successors three in the hundred for customs of all goods and
merchandise in specie as well as imported into the stores of
his said Majesty in Guinea as those exported as aforesaid and
that to such officer or officers whom or which His Majesty,
his heirs and successors shall establish or depute for the
receiving and recovery of the said customs and duties.

And moreover his said Majesty by these presents doth give
and grant to the said Duke of Curland, his heirs and successors
all and every that Island called Tabago situate about 12 degrees
of north latitude and 316 degrees of longitude being one of
those which are commonly called the Caribby Islands together
with all the lands, houses, creeks, rivers and profits belonging
to the same, to be held and enjoyed under the King's

Provided always and under this condition that the said
Lord the Duke of Curland, his heirs and successors shall not
suffer nor permit any others whatsoever besides his own
subjects and the subjects of the said Lord the King, his heirs
and successors to abide in the said Island, to settle plantations
or to build houses ; but that the subjects of the Lord King,
his heirs and successors shall be always freely permitted there
to abide and have plantations and houses and to enjoy all
such privileges, liberties, immunities and benefits as any of
the subjects of the said Duke, his heirs and successors and
shall or may have and hold, use or enjoy without any contra-
diction or opposition whatever, neither shall they be compelled
to pay any other taxes, contributions or impositions whatsoever
saving such as are necessarily required for the defence of the
Island and equally in the same proportion paid by the
subjects of the said Duke.

Moreover the said Lord the Duke agreeth and promiseth
that neither himself nor his heirs nor successors nor any other
for the use of him, them or his subjects shall export nor import

nor suffer to be imported or exported any merchandise, goods
or products of the said Isle of Tabago otherwise than out of
or into some of the ports belonging to England and Curland
or the Port of the City of Dantzick.

Moreover for an acknowledgement that the said Lord the
Duke of Curland doth hold and enjoy the said Island of
Tabago from and under his said Majesty, it is further provided
and agreed that when and as often as the said Lord the King,
his heirs and successors shall require it, then and when he or
they are engaged in a war against other King, Prince or State
(excepting only the King of Poland) the said Lord the Duke
of Curland, his heirs and successors at their own proper costs
from time to time shall bring or cause to be brought one
good ship of war furnished with forty great iron guns to such
port, station or place which his said Majesty, his heirs and
successors shall name, into which ship his Majesty, his heirs
and successors shall put Governors and seamen and supply
food and wages under the conduct and expenses of the King
so long as the ship shall abide in his or their service which at
one time shall never exceed the limits of a year.

For the testimony and undoubted confirmation whereof
the aforesaid parties namely the Most Serene and Most Potent
King of Great Britain and the Most Illustrious Duke of
Curland have set their hands to the mutual agreements
contained and explained in these presents and their great
seals for the establishment thereof.

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