THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 262.
Doctor Nunez to the King of Spain.
Source :-British .Iluseum. Additional Mss. 36315.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
7 rannslated fioi the Spanish.
25th February, 1586.
Doctor Nunez reports Ihat the Captain Antonio de Berrio,
the successor of the Adelantado Gonzalo Ximinez de Quesada,
has discovered the Province of El Dorado otherwise named
Guayana. Twenty-seven Captains have been lost looking for
this Province and one of them was Hernan Perez de Quesada,
a brother of Gonzalo Ximines. Gonzalo himself had attempted
this exploration and spent 70,000 pesos over three years on
one expedition ; it was a great failure and only twenty men
The Audiencia arranged the same agreement and terms
to Captain Antonio de Berrio who discovered these long sought
provinces with only 150 men. Antonio de Berrio spent more
than 20,000 pesos and will have to spend another 15,ooo pesos
to complete what is one of the most important discoveries of
He begs the King to be pleased to grant the capitulation
and agreement to Antonio de Berrio and to order the
Audiencia and the Governor to help him and to prevent
others from going there.
The documents attached to this letter show that the
agreement was made by the King with Gonzalo Ximines
de Quesada for the discovery and settlement of Pauto and
Papamene and allowing Quesada to name his successor and
dated i9th February, 1571. Also that a similar agreement
was made by the Audiencia with Antonio de Berrio for the
discovery and settlement of El Dorado with penalty on
default of 2,000 pesos of good gold on the I5th October, 1582.