Composed at the request of the Royal Spanish Chronicler of the Indies, Don Diego Torres y Vargas's Report on the Island and Diocese of Puerto Rico was the first history of Puerto Rico written by a native of the Spanish island colony. Torres y Vargas, a fourth generation Puerto Rican and descendant of Ponce de Leon, records here the history of the Catholic Church in Puerto Rico as well as the political, social, military, economic and natural history of the island.
This translation - the first ever into English - includes three historical essays by eminent Puerto Rican and Latino studies scholar Anthony Stevens-Arroyo and extensive translator notes to guide the reader through the realities of seventeenth-century Puerto Rican culture and society.
About the Author
Don Diego Torres y Vargas (1615–70) was a Catholic priest and the Cathedral Canon of the Diocese of Puerto Rico. Anthony M. Stevens is professor emeritus of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York.
Table of Contents
General Maps: Puerto Rico and the Caribbean xv
Eastern Caribbean xvi
Towns and Settlements Mentioned in Torres y Vargas xvii
Essay 1 "Understanding the Work of Diego De Torres y Vargas" Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo 1
Map i Early Settlement of Caparra & San Juan Islet with key bridges 23
Essay 2 "Soldiers, Heretics and Pirates: The Thirty Years' War in the Caribbean Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo 33
Map ii Attacks by Drake and Cumberland upon the Islet of San Juan 49
Map iii Dutch Attack of 1625 with key engagements 57
Essay 3 "Who Was Diego Torres y Vargas?" Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo 69
Genealogy of Diego de Torres y Vargas 70
Notes on the Text and Translation Jaime R. Vidal Ana María Díaz-Stevens Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo 93
Spanish Text and English Translation (Interfacing pages) Jaime R. Vidal 103
Chronology of the Life of Diego de Torres y Vargas 227
Appendix - "Questions on Chronology" 229
Sources for the Text 233