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character to De Foe and to posterity, he afforded the Bristol merchants, who fitted him out, what was far more to their purpose, good round dividends on their investment and encouragements to further ventures.

When England and the Dutch had made it difficult for Spain to keep up intercourse with her American colonies, the Spanish government conferred upon France the privilege of supplying goods to her possessions in the Indies, with a result, from the great liberality of this foreign service, that

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WEST INDIA VESSELS OF THE CLOSE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.*

would have weaned the Spanish colonies from any dependence on the mother country, if the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) had not brought relief to Spanish commerce. But out of a desire to propitiate England, Spain only substituted one danger for another when she yielded to the English merchants the right to trade at Porto Bello and to supply the colonies with negroes. With true British vigor and with organized methods, the open

1 Dampier, who had had bad luck, was con- 2 The commercial literature of the time is retent to take the subordinate post of pilot under plete with controversial pamphlets, growing out Rogers in this cruise.

of this concession of Spain, which was held by * From Labat's Nouveau Voyage (Paris, 1722), vol. ii.

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ing once made, little limit was put to the trade, which by clandestine plots and official connivance soon reached an extent far beyond the treaty provisions, so that the annual return to Spain by her own vessels was reduced to little more than the royal tax on silver. The armed attempts which the Spanish guarda costas made to prevent this usurpation of trade brought on collisions with the British mercantile marine," that very naturally took on national importance and ended in a war 2 (1739), which resulted in Spain's

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the merchants interested in the trade of Jamaica in A Collection of Treaties, 1648-1732 (London, to be unjust to them. The Carter-Brown Cata- 1710–32), in 4 vols. Cf. also Calvo, Rec. des logue indicates many of these, - iii. 175, 183, 189, Traités, ii. 5; and Occasional papers on the As190, 191, 213, 406, 407, 408, etc. Particularly siento and the affairs of Jamaica, by William see, The State of the Island of Jamaica, chiefly in Wood (London, 1716). Dr. Charles Deane has relation to its Commerce and the Conduct of the succinctly traced the rise of the English connecSpaniards in the West Indies (London, 1726); tion with slavery in the West Indies in the Amer. Some Observations on the Assiento Trade as it Antiq. Soc. Proc., Oct., 1886, pp. 191-205. has been exercised by the South Sea Company (2d 1 Cf. Some Observations on Damages done by ed., London, 1728); An Answer (to the last] the Spaniards (London, 1728); A View of the by the Factors of the South Sea Company (Lon. Depredations and Ravages committed by the Span. don, 1728); A Defence of [somel Observations iards (London, 1731). (London, 1728). This Assiento treaty is given 2 It is curious to observe how, in refuting the

NOTE TO THE ABOVE MAP. — From the French edition, Genève, 1750, of Anson's Voyage, and appearing in all the editions. It is also given in Prévost's Voyages (1754), xii. 450.

recovering the rights of trade which she had before granted to England. Learning from experience the drawbacks of her annual fleets, she now allowed her own merchants so to ply their private trade with the colonies that foreign interlopers kept little of the advantage which the commercial dulness of Spain had made it easy for them to obtain in the past. This individual Spanish activity so rapidly increased that in 1748 the regular galleon trade came to an end.1

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Spanish exclusive claims to the regions discov- 1700, the fleets are tracked as entering the enered by Columbus, the popular mind in England closed sea by way of Trinidad, and while the was pampered with the belief that these Span- Aota proceeded direct to Vera Cruz, the galleon ish discoveries must yield to the rights estab- stopped awhile on the coast of New Grenada, so lished by the voyage of Madoc, the Welsh that expresses could be sent overland to Cartaprince, as set forth in The British Sailor's Dis- gena, Lima, and Panama, “to hasten the king's covery, or the Spaniards' Pretensions confuted treasure.” Thence they are shown to proceed to (London, 1739). Cf. ante, Vol. I. ch. 2.

Cartagena, where they stay 60 days, and thence go 1 The galleon and flota service had been up to to Porto Bello, where they remain 30 days, while about 1720 regularly carried on from Cadiz, but a fair or mart was held, and then they return to at that date it was transferred to another port. Cartagena. The flota from Vera Cruz and the The routes of these Spanish fleets are explained galleons now rendezvous at Havana, whence in on many of the maps which were issued during company they start, by way of the Bahama chanthe early years of the eighteenth century. On nel, for Spain. These legends are repeated on Hermann Moll's Map of the West Indies, dedi- the New Map of the West Indies, by N. Vischer cated to William Paterson, and appearing about (Amsterdam); on Covens and Mortier's Archipe

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Events like these, and other reasons, rendered the more settled occupation of these Upper Pacific coast regions desirable for the aggrandizement of Spanish trade. There were wild Indians in Nueva Galicia still to be brought under subjection, and the conquest of Nayarit occurred in the early years of the eighteenth century. The expansion of the mission system was preparing the way for more active and secular interests.

As the years went on, new names among the Pacific corsairs were repeated with terror along the coast. In 1742 Captain George Anson appeared off Acapulco, and failing to intercept the freighted galleons there, he stretched his course towards the Asiatic islands, and made up in success on that coast for his failure on the other.

The work of the Jesuits after a while was brought to an end, during the rule of Archbishop Lorenzana, by their final expulsion in 1767, under an order of Cárlos III, which drove them out of all his dominions, -a procedure carried out, in Mexico and elsewhere, cruelly, despite the will of Pope Clement XIII. The execution of this order brought renewed attention to the Jesuits' missions in Sonora and California, which now became the field of the Franciscans and Dominicans. The occupation of Upper California was at this time pushed with something like business persistency, the settlements first beginning just

above the peninsula at San Diego, to GEORGE ANSON (1697-1761).*

which the parties of occupation went by sea and land. Thence expeditionary companies were started up in 1769 to Monterey and to San Francisco Bay, then just discovered. In the succeeding years town after town was founded, San Carlos, San Antonio, San Gabriel, and the rest, where the mission stations were made the centres of interest.

These first towns had but the slightest accompaniments of agriculture, though their supply of live-stock flourished and increased. In 1773 the region of Upper California had become important enough to be parcelled out into presidios. Then immigrants began to flock in. There were among them missionaries, of course, and foremost; but there were not wanting store

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October, 1873, p. 110.

* After a print in the Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden, July, 1805.

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