THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 128.
Instructions from the Queen to Antonio Sedeno.
ioth December, 1532.
Source :--Additional Mss. 36314. British Museum.
Published by courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
The Queen.-To Antonio Sedeno, Our Contador of the Island of
San Juan and Governor of the Island of Trinidad.
I have been informed that when Diego de Ordas, Our
Governor of the River Maranon, left the Province of Paria
to go to the Island of Cumana and to that of Cubagua,
he left in the fort which you had made in the Province of
Paria, some of his people so that they could conquer and
pacify this said River Maranon but without supplies or other
necessaries, in consequence of which these people have
suffered, and are suffering, great hardships.
I desire you when you are next at this said Island of
Trinidad, you will rescue these people left by the said Diego
de Ordas and fetch them from the said Province and fort
and treat them as persons in our service. If they wish of
their own will to go with you to your said Government, you
should accept them and entrust them with duties. If for the
purpose of conquest and pacification, you find it necessary
to reoccupy and regarrison the fort with people, you may do
so making these people settlers without exercising any official
jurisdiction in the said land.
December Ioth, 1532. I, THE QUEEN.
By order of Her Majesty,
JUAN DE SAMANO.