THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 186.
From Roderigo de Nabarete to the King of Spain.
Source:-Pacheco y Cardenas. Documents Ineditos. Vol. 21.
Translated from the Spanish.
No DATE ?1547.
YOUR HOLY CATHOLIC AND IMPERIAL MAJESTY.
By my other letters and by the report sent by the new
Bishop of Cartagena and before by the Bishop of Chiapa,
upon the lands of the Aruacas and Trenydad, you will find
in Your Royal Council a record of my services and my reports
which for the service of Your Majesty, I have been able to
obtain about settling these lands by the orders of the President
and Oidors who live in this Island of Espagnola.
In accordance with Your Royal Cedula addressed to
them, I declare upon oath that these reports contain what
I have seen with my own eyes and, so that you may understand
the report of the said Bishop better, I send herewith a plan
of the said Island of Paria, (Trinidad) the peopling of which
would be one of the most important and profitable settlements
which Your Majesty could have in these parts not only by
virtue of its own trade and profit but also because of that
which could be carried on with the New Kingdom and Peru.
Moreover the return voyage from there to Spain is the easiest
in the whole Indies and from this place trade can be carried
on with very rich lands as is testified by the Indians.
However in order to obtain the best and most successful
results, Your Royal Majesty will find in the reports of the said
Bishop the proper methods to employ to obtain peaceable
settlement. The same are stipulated in the agreement which,
it is proposed to approve with Juan Sedeno, vecino of Peru
amongst which the most important and effective is that
the Indians should be persuaded to assist the settlers with
their casual labour reasonably required and tactfully used
because these lands are occupied by people who are very
proud and mostly people of the Carib Nation. With these,
the good Indians constantly wage bloody war because of the
attacks made upon them by the Caribs as is shown in the
report of the learned Bishop.
Equally wise is the advice about the galeasses which
could be made in these lands with the help of the Indians,
to guard and protect these parts should war break out;
also about the erection of two sugar mills which should bring
to your Royal Estate thirty thousand ducats a year ; moreover
there are in the land opportunities for other works and farms
which the settlers could develop.
Full information goes forward by the hand of the said
Bishop of Cartagena and if in reward for this and in order
to effect this settlement, Your Majesty may deem me worthy
of this, although the least of your subjects, and grant me a
recommendation to the said Bishop, my genuine desire to
advance Your Royal Realm will always be manifest in my
deeds as a loyal subject.
If by this settlement Your Royal Majesty expects to regain
the expenses necessary, I promise during the first two years
to recoup the expenses twice over and an agreement to that
effect may be made under the hand of the said Bishop.
I guarantee to carry this out in the service of Your Majesty
granted ihat life remains to me.
May Our Lord bless for many years the Realm of Your
Royal Majesty with more and greater kingdoms and may
God be served by the increase of Your Royal Estate and by
the aggrandisement of Spain.
Your very humble, obedient servant who kisses Your
RODERIGO DE NAVARETTE.