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English Era

In 1607: John Smith the captain visits St. Thomas on his long journey to America to establish an English colony in Virginia

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Spanish Era

1492 A.D. Columbus on his first voyage sails to the Caribbean after unsuccessfully trying to convince the queen of Spain to fund his expedition, he set out on his own with a group of men and sailed to the Caribbean looking for India after landing on Hispaniola and mistakenly thought it was India, probably because of the many “Indians” there; naming it “Las Indias.” Today, probably because of Columbus’ error, and many others after, the inhabitants of the Caribbean were called “Indians” subsequently. These people were not from India, but from South American and of Negroid African ancestry.

 

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