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The Black Carib WarsFreedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna$
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Christopher Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617033100

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617033100.001.0001

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Good Friends, Cruel Enemies

Good Friends, Cruel Enemies

(p.25) Chapter 2 Good Friends, Cruel Enemies
The Black Carib Wars

Christopher Taylor

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the determination of St. Vincent’s inhabitants to preserve their freedom and way of life. The British coveted St. Vincent and in January 1723 sent an expedition led by John Braithwaite in an attempt to add the island to their Caribbean possessions. However, by this time the inhabitants of St. Vincent had more than two hundred years’ experience of Europeans—and of keeping them at arm’s length. The French had also already established close relations with the natives, and a small number were living alongside them.

Keywords:   St. Vincent, British, French, freedom, John Braithwaite

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