This chapter relates the greed of those who busied themselves in pearl harvesting on the islands of Cubagua and Margarita, provinces and coasts of Paria, Araya, and Cumaná. Those people were so thorough and diligent that they exhausted the profit of that business to the point that the trade almost totally ceased. A few years later, some pearl beds were discovered on the same coast more to the west around the cape called La Vela and thereabouts. Some residents of Cubagua, Santa Marta, and Hispaniola and of other parts went there to settle. Many pearls were brought to Hispaniola and sent on to Spain. With the news of the discovery, many from this city outfitted expeditions at great expense. Among them was a reverend father, canon of this holy cathedral, named García de la Roca, who spent much money on this business for ships, canoes, slave-divers, supplies, and other expenses.
Keywords: pearls; Cubagua; Margarita; La Vela; Hispaniola; Spain; expeditions; García de la Roca
Chapter. 1833 words.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)
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