THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 303.
Don Juan Gavazzo, Commandant of Guiria to the Governor.
Source:-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master oJ the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
I7th Januarv, 1813.
I feel much mortified to be obliged to inform Your
Excellency by this letter that I was attacked on the I3th instant
in the morning early by Santiago Marino, a planter established
and publicly known in the Island of Chacachacare under
the jurisdiction of Your Excellency, accompanied by his
companions Carry, Bermudez, Bideau, Rosillo and many
others who the preceding days resided in the English territory
under Your Excellency's command.
They disembarked the same morning at break of day
from armed vessels with a number of people on a part of
Guiria and after maintaining a brisk fire with those who
supported the honour of the Spanish flag, we were obliged
to retire from their superior force.
On my arrival at Guiria I officially acquainted Your
Excellency with the number of bad revolutionary subjects
flying from the coast who were protected in the British
territory under your command in order that you should
prosecute them as they had carried away a considerable
quantity of arms and ammunition and had them in
On the 31st of December last I also informed Your
Excellence that they were arming and assembling people
in Chacachacare under the orders of Marino in order to
attack me whenever a favourable moment should appear.
Notwithstanding which Your Excellency never took any
steps to prevent the mischief although I had protested against
the injury that the coast belonging to His Christian Majesty
might experience from an armed force proceeding from
the English territory under Your Excellency's command
and that I had advised the same to the superior tribunal
These insurgents had not yet landed on the coast and
still resided in Chacachacare where they captured the
schooner the Oliva, patron Orona, from Guiria to Porto Rico
laden with cacao and sugar belonging to Don Antonio
These are authenticated facts and truly scandalous. If I or
my Government could have believed that our coast and our
trade could have been attacked in a hostile manner by an
armed force coming from an English territory under the
jurisdiction of Your Excellency, we should never lha\e
considered that Island as an intimate ally of Spain and we
should have been prepared with a sufficient military and
naval force to protect us from a neighboring enemy.
This handful of insurgents have already an armed vessel
in the Gulf and will commit many other atrocities against
all which I have made a regular protest and again repeat
it and I have also given information of the same to Cumana