The North Carolina papers show intimately the operation of Spanish colonial government. Even more intimately, perhaps, they reveal its shortcomings through the media of complaints from one side or the other, residencias of the various regimes, and innumerable autos, memorials and testimonios. Complaints were to be expected, since politics and personalities were involved. Occasionally, however, there were bona fide instances of maladministration or criminal carelessness, such as the well-known cases of Rebolledo in 1657 and Sanchez in 1736.
Manucy, Albert C.
"Florida in North Carolina Spanish Records, Part II,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 26
, Article 7.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol26/iss1/7