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Saint Barthélemy

Saint Barthélemy

The island was settled from St. Christopher, but the settlement was attacked and destroyed by Caribs six years later. These first French settlers had been encouraged by the lieutenant-governor of the French West India Company and comprised about 50 to 60 settlers. The new arrivals began cultivating cacao, until the Carib attack forced them to retreat. The area is now a wilderness haunt of French pirates.

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