Officially, they began May 15, 1782. Bottino said that approaching three ships, which were 17, 18 and 25 May. June 20, he predicted the coming of "many ships" and the number 29 shows the first ships of the French fleet, detained calmness. Bottineau demanded from the Governor 100 thousand livres premiums and an annual pension of 1,300 livres for what he reveals his mystery, recalling that from 1778 to 1782 he predicted the arrival 575 vessels a few days before they appear on the horizon. But the governor was in no hurry to part with money.