THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 264.
The Governor of Margarita to the K'ing of Spain.
Source :-British Museum. Additional M\ss. 36315.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of 'he British -IlMseum.
Tranl ated from the SpaIullh.
/2 /I h Orlober, 159 1.
SIRE-After writing to Your Majesty, there arrived in this
Island your Governor of the Provinces of El Dorado, Anionio
de Berrio, at the end of the third journey which lie has made
into tie interior seeking tile said provinces.
He has been so unfortunate and i~i fillowecd a route so
contrary to the one which he ought to take that lie has always
been obliged to give up, disconcerted and disheartenedl bx the
many hardships and the great hunger that lias been suffered
and always leaving half his men dead by reason of the
aforesaid mistakes. Wherefore on travelling down from the
New Kingdom by tie Orinoco, he has been obliged to come
to this Island.
Having had some information from Indians of a great
number of men who had died on the said river and believing
that I was serving Your Majesty, I sent him a reinforcement
of forty arquebusiers whom Lucas Fajardo took under his
charge, appointed by me as commander. The said Governor
was so distracted that he missed them on the way and turned
up at this Island, most of his men having died. He himself
remains in my house reinforcing his company by others with
the aid of some money which I have lent him.
I am reporting this matter forthwith because it is not
riiht that Your Maje:sty should be left in ignorance of these
errors of Antoni, de Bcrrio. This Island is so near and there
are manv soldiers in it so that if there were a Guavana in the
world llhe would have known of it.
Your N. aje-i may therefore rest assured that if the said
Antonio de Berrio for some reason fails to make an entry, I
will do it myself although without Your Majesty's order, if
only to undeceive yotl and to prevent such a loss of men as
there has been in this expedition and to prevent so many
imposter< from engaeing in Your Royal Service for their own
particular pu rpos;s.
With this I conclude praying God to preserve Your
Majesty by His Power with an increase of greater Kingdoms
JUAN SARMIENTO Dr VILLANDRANDO.
'th ( )October 1591 .