THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 194.
From Mr. Lowther, Governor of Barbados to the Lords Commissioners
of Trade and Plantations.
Source :-Calendar of State Papers. West Indies and America.
5th October, 1715.
Mr. Lowther, Governor of Barbados reports that about
two months ago, one Mr. Lowden an inhabitant of Barbados
went to Trinidad with a cargo of such English manufactures
as was suitable for these people.
The Spaniards resorted in great numbers on board his
sloop and agreed with him for his whole cargo paying him
for it as they took it away.
Before he had delivered a third part thereof, two French
sloops that rode at anchor some small distance from him,
interrupted this trade and wcald not permit the Spaniards to
have further dealings with him. He was forced to leave the
place for fear of being seized by the said sloops.
In fine the French behave themselves like Lords Paramount
over this part of the world and treat the Spaniards just as
they think fit.