Jean Baptiste Labat, 1663-1738.
La Haye: P. Husson, T. Johnson, P. Gosse ..., 1724.
Dominican missionary Labat lived in the West Indies from 1693 to 1706.
This print is from a book he wrote about the islands, particularly Martinique
Kalinago (Carib) Indians migrated from South America into the Windward
Islands beginning about 1400. They resisted the Europeans, and eventually
retreated to the more mountainous parts of St. Vincent and Dominica, where
they inter-married with Africans who escaped slavery. In 1796 the British
deported the St. Vincent Kalinago (about 5,000) to the island of Roatan
off Honduras. From there, they moved into present-day Belize, where their
descendants, known as "Garifuna," live today.
Image no. 2004-263-1