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Converging Worlds by Louise A. Breen

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THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS: BRITISH TRADE, SETTLEMENT, AND COLONIZATION

1498

John Cabot's voyage sponsored by Henry VII of England.

1584–1604

Anglo-Spanish warfare brings raiding and illicit trade to Caribbean.

1604

Treaty of London ends war with Spain. King James publishes A Counterblast to Tobacco.

1623

Thomas Warner settles St. Christopher's (Kitts) and plants tobacco there.

1627

English settle Barbados.

1629

Providence Island Company chartered. Spanish attack Nevis.

1630

Oversupply of tobacco causes prices to collapse.

1638–42

Political crises in Britain lead to rebellion in Scotland and civil wars in Ireland and England.

1640s

Barbados planters begin to grow sugar as a crop and import more enslaved Africans.

1648

Puritan colonists from Bermuda establish ...

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