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Indigeneity and authority in the Lesser Antilles: The Warners revisited

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Publication date10/05/2018
Host publicationThe Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and cultural Interaction in the long seventeenth Century
EditorsL. H. Roper
Place of PublicationColumbia, SC
PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
Pages46-57, 195-197
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978611178913
ISBN (Print)9781611178906
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameThe Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World
PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press


This article uses previously uncited archival material to demonstrate conclusively the role played by Sir Thomas Warner in the foundation of English colonies in the Caribbean. In particular, it disproves the previously entrenched view that Thomas Warner, known as 'Indian Warner', who was at first loyal to, and subsequently rebelled against English authority, in league with the French, was Sir Thomas's illegitimate son by an indigenous woman. It traces the relationships between Europeans and indigenous communities in the region to explain how the Kalinago came to be concentrated in Dominica and St Vincent.