October 28 (October 18, o.s.)

Jamaica: The Council meets in Port Royal.  HMS Mordaunt is ordered to cruise around the island as far as St. Ann’s Parish on the north-central coast.  M. Dumas at Petit Goave in St. Domingue is to be informed that the French sloop sailing under a flag of truce that was recently repaired in Jamaica and sent away took with it a French surgeon and his wife, who is an English subject.

Massachusetts: Twenty-six men from Andover send a petition to Governor Phips on behalf of their wives and other relatives who are in jail on witchcraft charges, pointing out that though most of them have confessed to witchcraft, many of them now say that they did so under duress and have now retracted their confessions.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas, his reconquest effort mostly complete, with only the distant Zunis and Hopis still to be pacified, notes that the weather is getting colder and that there has already been some snow.  This, along with the rigors of the campaign so far, is beginning to exhaust many of the Indian allies brought from El Paso, along with the horses and pack animals.  He therefore decides to send a substantial portion of the expedition back to El Paso, including the artillery.  He places Cristóbal de Tapia in command of the group to depart.  The captives discovered in the various pueblos who were taken in the 1680 revolt will also go to El Paso, and Vargas orders that a muster of them be taken before the group leaves.

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  1. […] October 28 (October 18, os)Jamaica: The Council meets in Port Royal. HMS Mordaunt is ordered to cruise around the island as far as St. Ann’s Parish on the north-central coast. M. Dumas at Petit Goave in St. Domingue is to be informed that the French sloop sailing … […]


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