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Montserrat

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Background

The island of Montserrat was first mapped by Europeans during the second voyage of Christopher Columbus but was never occupied by the Spanish. It was taken over by the British Empire in 1632 when Catholithic Irish were forced to flee the island of Nevis due to increasingly religious violence.

During the mid 17th century the island of Montserrat became one of the British Leeward Islands and slaves were imported in order to help cultivate sugar, rum, arrowroot and Sea Island cotton. Under the typical economic structure and policy at the time the island was divided into massive plantations that were worked by both slaves and indentured servants alike.

By the late 18th century there were many plantations on the island and thus goods leaving in order to head back to Britain. This left the products leaving Montserrat prime for targeting by pirates.

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