THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 110.
Complaint of Antonio Sedeno in Porto RiCo.
Source :-Additional Mss. 36314. British MIuseonii.
Published by tie courtesy of tie Trusl tcs of theI British
Museum. Translated from tih Spanisvh.
24/h ji1', 1531.
SUMMARY.-Antonio Scdeno is described as the Contador
of San Juan and Governor of Trinidad. He complained at
San Juan on 24th July before the Alcalde Ordlinario, Gaspar
Roche, and the public notary Alonso de Molino.
He stated that he had made a fort in tie, name of His
Majesty in the Province of'Turpiari. He left there and brought
with him to San Juan, a principal Indian called Cariarte
and also two others who belonged to Trinidad, so that they
might lose the fear of the Spaniards, learn the language
and be converted.
These three were well looked after by Sedeno and when
they wished to return he put them on board a caravel, the
two to be left in Trinidad and Cariarte to be taken to the
fort at Turpiari. They left many days before the arrival of
Diego de Ordas.
He stated that he had learnt from Turpiari that the Caribs
had raided that place and carried off several converted
Indians. Knowing that the Caribs would return, several
other Indians had been brought to Porto Rico. These he
had put in charge of Francisco de Alvarado, vecino and
Donna Luysa de Alva, his wife and also of a widow Francisca
Hernandcz. They were to convert the Indians and teach
them the Holy Faith;
He complained that Pedro de Soto from Cubagua had
taken some Indians away from Turpiari in irons as slaves.
He claims the return of the Indians and the punishment
of Pedro de Soto.
During these proceedings Luis Valera stated that he
sailed with Antonio Sedeno from Spain as Treasurer
(thesorero) of Trinidad.