Excerpt from The Dutch in Western Guiana The prince of Courland has taken possession Of the isle of Tobago, that we have touched at because of our loss of our rudder, so that we have passed six weeks there before finding an opportunity of continuing our course to the isle of Barbados with a large vessel of the prince of Courland that we have found there. I have profited by this occasion and have learnt from monsieur the director there under what conditions he is charged by the prince to people and cultivate this isle, to wit. The said director of the prince of Courland has erected a fortress, provided with seven pieces of cannon and a company of soldiers he is still expecting further forces.
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