America and West Indies
December 1640


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'America and West Indies: December 1640', Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 1: 1574-1660 (1860), pp. 316. URL: Date accessed: 23 November 2014.


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December 1640

Dec. 26.Minutes of a Court for Providence Island. Concerning the sale of the Swallow, and of some tobacco at Plymouth. Debts. Prosecution in Holland of Gabriel Rudd. Capt. Lloyd alleges that he will procure 300 men to go with him to Association, if he is appointed Governor, but because of complaints against him, it is not thought safe to do so; persons on behalf of President James directed to attend on Friday next. Mr. Newman's demands on behalf of the seamen of his brother's ship, for one-third part of 1,000l., the price of the Sarsaparilla. Maurice Thompson's proposition to send yearly two ships to Providence with supplies, accepted. [Colonial Entry Bk, Vol. III., pp. 383–84.]
Dec. 29.Minute of a letter from the Earl of Warwick to Abrah. Jennens. Concerning the Swallow coming to London, and the tobacco. [Colonial Entry Bk., Vol. III., p. 384.]
1640?81. Description of a rich plantation called "the Tapoywasooze, and the Towyse-yarrowes Countries," lying upon the coast of Guiana, distant from the West Indies eastwards 350 leagues; discovered by Capt. Will. Clovell, and Thos. Tyndall. The plantation 60 leagues from the silver mine, from the Golden River, W.S.W., up the land 80 leagues, and from the island of Margarita 350 leagues. Easy to be possessed; the natives friendly, the discoverers have learnt their language. Chief commodities and produce. One thousand men at 10,000l. charge required to settle the plantation; the money would be returned to the adventurers in cottons, woods, tobacco, &c., within one year. The Portuguese have a plantation of 150 persons within 160 leagues. Impossible for the Spaniards to come near. Tyndall's great experience compelled him to be pilot for the King of Spain in all those parts. Certificate from Sir Art. Hopton, Ambassador in Spain, of Tyndall's abilities, and wrongs suffered by the Spaniards.
1640?82. Motives and propositions of the people of the Somers Islands, concerning the growth, price and trade of their tobacco, which "Yor Honor" is humbly besought to read and consider of.