Massacre (F)

The name of a village on the west coast in the parish of St.Paul just north of Canefield. Named by the French as the site of a massacre of Caribs carried out by the English in 1674. This was an attack on the settlement of Carib or "Indian" Warner, who was the son of Sir Thomas Warner and a Carib woman from Dominica. He had been brought up in his father's household in St.Kitts but left for Dominica after his father's death. He rose to be a chief in Dominica and attempted to keep the island for the Caribs in perpetuity. But his English half-brother, Phillip, plotted against him and led the attack from Antigua. Phillip reportedly invited the Caribs onto his ship and at the height of the party killed his brother as a signal for the massacre to commence.




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