Secondly, The Establishment Of A Sovereign
Tribunal At St Domingo, The Members Of Which Had Large Salaries, Induced
Some Considerable Persons Of More Advanced Age And Experience To Go There,
In Whose Train A Number Of Young People Of Quality Went Over In Search Of
Profitable Or Honourable Employments.
By the continual struggle for power
between this new tribunal and the young admiral, a jealousy and
Excited between the dependents of both parties; which,
whatever trouble and perplexity it might occasion to their superiors, had
very favourable effects on the colony in the main, and greatly promoted
its advancement and success. In the third place, The great dislike which
prevailed in Spain against Charles V. especially at his first coming to
the crown, on account of his partiality for his countrymen the Flemings,
induced the Spanish gentry to prefer advancing their fortunes in the West
Indies, to which none but Spaniards were permitted to go, rather than in
the service of the court, which they believed not willing to discern their
merits, or to reward them as they thought they deserved. - Harris.
 Harris, II. 49.
 Harris, II. 62. This introduction is transposed from Harris, who
places it at the end instead of the beginning of his summary. - E.
Improvements made in the colony of Hispaniola by Nicholas de Obando, and
the great value of Gold produced in that Island during his Government.
It is natural to begin this chapter with some account of the progress of
the Spaniards in Hispaniola after the settlement of a regular government,
by which the value of the discovery became apparent; as owing to the great
wealth derived from this colony at the first, the Spaniards were excited
to continue their discoveries.
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