chapter  17
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The City of Rio de la Hacha to the Crown, July 9, 1567

Inasmuchaswemostcertainlybelievethatyourmajesty willbepleasedbyanyhappyeventwhichmayoccurtoyour majesty'sservitorsandvassals,wehavedeterminedtowrite yourmajestyofwhatbefellusinthiscitythispresentyear of[15]67withrespecttotwoimposingarmadas,oneEnglish andtheotherFrench,whichonseparateoccasionscamehere. Althoughtothoseaccustomedtoseegreatthingsandto accomplishlargeandheroicdeeds,asisyourmajesty,prima faciethisincidentmayseemoflittleornoimportance,neverthelessifconsiderationbegiventothelimitedrenownthis cityenjoysandtothescantinessofitspopulation,which ordinarilyisnotoversixtymen,andtoitspoorequipment inarmsandmunitionsofwarwithwhichtodefendandto offend,and,atthesametime,tothenumberoftheenemy, thoroughlyarmedandexercisedinwar,andtothegreat quantityofartillerywhichtheEnglishandFrenchbrought hither,yourmajestywillnotfailtoassigntotheoccurrence itsproportionateimportanceamonggreaterevents.