Tier TilI N!) \) ITSTOIRI( VL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 114.
Licrnciado .uxail and Jiuan de Prado to the King.
Sooirce :--Additional NIss. 36317. British Museum.
Published by courtesy of the Truslees of the British Museum.
Translated from the \ .. .,
No date ? 1596,
No place ? MADRID.
Juan de Prado in the name of Francisco de Vides, Governor
and Captain-General o& the Province of Cumana, states that
in the agreement which Your Council granted to Francisco
de Vides for the conquest and settlement of the Provinces
of Guayana and Caura and the others included in the
Government of Nueva .\ndalucia and of' the Island of
Trinidad and the Island of Grenada and Tabaco, amongst
other things it was agreed that he should be responsible for
the expense of bringing people for this purpose, to support
them and establish them up to twelve thousand ducats
of Castille. This testifies to Your Highness how in compliance
with the above more than twenty thousand pesos have been
spent and I forward the testimony to establish the above.
Similarly I present three other sworn statements which
confirm these settlements made through his lieutenants
in his name. The Island of Trinidad with 73 settlers in
the name of Your Highness not withstanding that Domingo
de Vera Ibarguen captured the Captain and some other
soldiers which we kept on the said Island and took their
arms, munitions and many other things which we had sent
for the maintenance of this settlement saying that the Island
belonged to the Captain Antonio de Berrio.
Also the settlement which was made as the new ton of'
San Cristobal de latriness by Captain Lucas I'axardo, Lieutenant
of Francisco de Vides, in the Province of the C(umanagotos.
And the other settled in a place called Ccripata on the banks
of the River Unare which is in the Province of the Peritu,
a town called Santa Maria de Clarines with more than 6o settlers.
In the agreement it is stated that the principal reward
for these settlements at the expense of his estate and at his
risk, was to give Francisco de Vides jurisdiction over these
provinces of Cumana and to appoint him Governor of them
for life and one other nominated by him. Now because
there are several imitators claiming to have done this, Your
Royal Estate should not deny Francisco de Vides this reward
now as a result of the report which is presented with the
necessary affidavits by the Contador, Pedro Luys de Vargas,
for having concealed merchandise of some of his friends so
that it should avoid duty and for failing to confiscate contraband
articles. This Pedro has caused much annoyance and irritation
by sending reports and letters to Your Council and to the
Audiencia at San Domingo contrary to all truth.
Twenty-two months ago when Francisco de Viles entered
upon this Government a petition from one Antonio Silvera,
a Portuguese, nephew of Roderigo Nunez Lobo, a notorious
enemy of Francisco, was sent to Licenciado Don Ventura
Maldonado with instructions to find out if the agreement
had been completed between Your Highness and Francisco
de Vides and if not to delay the completion and obstruct it
in every way possible as appears from the necessary sworn
Similarly there are other statements which witness to
the resistance and victory which Francisco de Vides achieved
against the English Guat-erral who came with three large
ships, a pinnace and four lanchas on 22nd of June, 1595,
in respect of which all the evidence shows that Francisco de
Vides acquitted himself as a loyal vassal of Your Majesty
sparing neither his person nor his estate.
He beseeches Your Majesty to order the reports to be
placed before you and to grant your supplicant this
Governorship in completion of the agreement as a due
obligation and to order that he be not disturbed nor molested
in his jurisdiction as Governor by the calumnies which have
been put forward and which have been shown to be unjust
and to merit due punishment which should be exacted.
JUAN DE PRADO.