From the “Note”, by Millard Hansen:
The Social Science Research Centre of the University of Puerto Rico appreciated the opportunity of cooperating with the Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago in sponsoring this collection of historical documents. The University of Puerto Rico has a considerable interest in the encouragement of historical study of the Caribbean, a region which, with all its diversity of language, cultural origins, and political jurisdictions, is nevertheless a place lived in by people having many common situations and problems. The common denominators make the history of the entire region of interest to the people of Puerto Rico. The interest of the University of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean is revealed in the Caribbean History Project sponsored by the Social Science Research Centre, a project to collect historical documents which enjoys the uniquely valuable services of Dr. Eric Williams. The interest is revealed also in the work of the Centre of Historical Studies, directed by Dr. Arturo Morales Carrion, which has for many years been collecting historical documents from most of the great depositories in the United States, Mexico, Cuba and Spain. It is because of this interest in historical research that the University of Puerto Rico has appreciated the opportunity to join the Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago in sponsoring this document collection.