THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 378.
A Report from the Alcaldes oJ Trinidad to the King of Spain.
Source:-British Museum. Additional Mss. 36333.
Published by the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.
Translated from the Spanish.
20th July I734.
As a result of the attacks made by the Caribs of the Orinoco
River, we sent from this Government to punish them, an armed
expedition under the command of Lieutenant of the Navy,
Don Agustin de Arredondo who had been Governor and
Captain General of this Island.
It was necessary to send some of the Nepuyo Indians,
who offered to serve voluntarily Your Majesty, in this
expedition both with the bow and arrow and as both hands
to manage the vessels. This we had reported to Your Majesty
with supporting minutes in our letter of 24th September 1733.
These Indians were thus used for about six months in the
expedition without having obtained the booty they had
expected. They have been unable to prepare and plant
their provision grounds to supply themselves and their families
and to pay their yearly tribute to Your Majesty.
This position was fo out by the Corregidor when he
went to collect the trial tnd it has caused him to request
us to relieve these Indians from the tribute for this year as
is certified by the minutes forwarded.
As this Island is different to others, being very poor
and with but few inhabitants, we have greater reason to keep
the Indians happy and contented, especially the Nepuyos
since they are the only Indians who will supply armed men
to oppose an enemy of Your Royal Crown and who are
always in the forefront.
We know well from experience the loyalty and zeal with
which they lha\ i always served Your Mlajsty and to encourage
the others, vw did not lhesitate to concede the remission
of this tribute to those who had gone with the expedition
hoping that Your Majesty will be pleased to approve and
to order that we may proceed in future in a similar way
in the best interests of the Indians.
May Our Lord preserve the Catholic and Royal Person
of Your Majesty for many years as Christendom needs.
Trinidad, PEDRO FRANCISCO.
20th July, 1734. DE BENGOCHOA.
A petition from Captain Don Juan Estevan Farfan is
attached to this Document. He is Corregidor of the Pueblos
of San Agustin de Arauca, of San Pedro de Tacarigua and
of the Partido de Quara peopled by Nepuyo Indians under
the Royal Crown. In the expedition there were 48 Indians
from these places.