chapter  21
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Diego Ruiz de Vallejo to the Crown, New Segovia, April 21, 1568

I,DiegoRuizdeVallejo,yourmajesty'saccountantfor thisprovinceofVenezuela,kissyourmajesty'sroyalfeetand handsandstatethatinotherdespatcheswhichthetreasurer, GonzalodelosRios,andIhavewrittentoyourmajesty,we havereportedtrulyoneventsinthisjurisdictionsincethe corsairsJohnHawkins,English,andJeanBontemps,French, begantovisitit.Theirfirstvisitwasintheyearr565and JeanBontempshascomeeveryyearsince.Occurrencessince wewrotelastareasfollows:

GovernordonPedroPoncedeLeonarrivedinthisprovincein:\:JayofI566andinvestigatedtheadministrationof LicentiateAlonsoBernaldez,whomhefoundactingas governoroncommissionfromtheroyalAudienciaatSanto Domingo;andbecausethelicentiateissuedapermittotrade withthesaidEnglishmanhesentencedhimtobefinedto thevalueofthenegroesandothermerchandisewhichchanged hands,andforthisandotherreasonssenthiminpersonto yourmajesty,alongwiththerecordsofthecase2 ,aswill appearinsame....