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Bloody River in Challengers, Saint Kitts

The Kalinagos were a prominent group of Pre-Columbian Indigenous people living in the Lesser Antilles. Their alternative name of Caribs inspired the word Caribbean. A tribe of these people discovered today’s Saint Kitts sometime between 1300 and 1600. They called it Liamuiga (fertile island). When English and then French settlers arrived in 1623 and 1625 respectively, relations with the Kalinagos quickly became volatile. It reached a violent flashpoint in 1626. The Europeans massacred over 2,000 Caribs during the two-day Kalinago Genocide. Ancestral stories claim blood flowed for days through this channel, now called the Bloody River. This slaughter ended the Kalinago occupation of the island.

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Bloody River, Challengers, St. Kitts & Nevis

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