THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No 461.
From Count Dillon, Governor of Tobago, to the Marsha! of Castries,
the Minister of the Colonics. 1787.
Source:-Paris. Archives Nationales.
State Papers Colonial. C 10. E 4.
Published by the courtesy of the Minister
of the Colonies. Paris.
Translated from the French.
2nd May 1787.
The Governor encloses and recommends, "An Act
to encourage the Cultivation of Uninhabited Lands in
the Colony", recently passed by the Legislature of
It provides that, as from the 1st January 1787,
anyone who establishes a sugar, cotton, indigo, coffee
or cacao plantation in uncultivated lands, will be ex-
empt from all taxes on lands, slaves or produce of the
Colony; in the case of sugar or coffee, for 6 years;
in the case of cotton and indigo, for 3 years; in the
case of cacao, for 8 years; from the beginning of the