expedition under Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus was an explorer, colonizer, and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa, in northwestern Italy. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that led to general European awareness of the American continents in the...
discovered and claimed the island for Spain in 1493. A short-lived French
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Huguenot settlement was established at Dieppe in 1538. The first English
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colony was established in 1623, followed by a French colony in 1625. The British and French briefly united to massacre the local Kalinago
Kalinago Genocide of 1626
The Kalinago Genocide of 1626 occurred in the West Indian island of St. Kitts at Bloody Point. The Caribs realized that many more Europeans would come and settle in St.Kitts. The Caribs decided that the European settlers had to be destroyed. Large numbers of Caribs from Dominica and other...
(preempting a Kalinago plan to massacre the Europeans), and then partitioned the island, with the English in the middle and the French on either end.