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British West Indies

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Background

The British West Indies are the islands and territory of the West Indies that were controlled by the British Empire during the golden age of piracy. The British first began by slowly moving into the region and captured a few small uninhabited islands. Their first settlements were not the most successful but when England captured Jamaica they established a real foothold in the region.

The most famous of all the British West Indies ports and cities was the pirate haven Port Royal. During the 17th century at its height it was the largest British settlement in the New World and a prolific economic port. However, the 1692 Port Royal Earthquake would see the catastrophic destruction of the city and its relocation to nearby Kingston.

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Other major British colonial holdings included Barbados, Saint Kitts, Bermuda and many others. In fact next to the Spanish the British eventually captured the second most amount of territory and outpaced the Portuguese, French, Dutch and Danish.

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