THE TRINIDAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Publication No. 209.
A Report jrom the Royal Audiencia of Santa Fr.
Source :--Bitish IMuseum. Additional Mss. 36320.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
SANTA FE DE BOGOTA.
21st December, 1618.
In view of the dangers and difficulties at San Thome in
Guayana, Don Juan de Borja, the President ordered
Don Fernando de Berrio, the Governor of Guayana to go
there as quickly as possible. He was persona grata to the
Indians and would be able to reassure them and draw them
to the Spanish side and so make it more difficult for the
English to return there and make fortifications.
The President further ordered that 2,000 ducats should be
lent from the Royal Treasury to Don Fernando de Berrio
to take there and help the people of San Thome.
As a result of the report given by Juan de Lezama,
Alcalde Ordinario of San Thome who had recently arrived
at Santa Fe, Don Fernando was instructed to go at once and
take up his duties as successor to Don Antonio de Berrio
interrupted by the appointment of Don Diego Palameque
The President threatened Don Fernando de Berrio, then
in Tunja, with severe penalties for disobedience if he did
not set out immediately from Casanare,