Carib Warner

Born in St. Kitts, son of the English colonizer Sir Thomas Warner and a Carib woman from Dominica thought to be called Barbé. The boy was called Thomas after his father, but was usually referred to as Carib Warner, or Indian Warner. He was brought up in his father’s household and was educated in English and French, but at the age about thirteen, on the death of Sir Thomas, he escaped from St. Kitts and settled among his mother’s people on the West coast of Dominica, rejecting his European connections and committing himself to the Carib cause. His main concern for the rest of his life was to maintain Dominica as an island reserved for the Caribs perpetuity against the onslaught of encroaching settlement which was pushing Caribs off their ancestral lands in the other islands. He played the French against the English and English against the French in his return to Dominica, he was murdered by his own half-brother, Phillip Warner, and the people of his village were massacred; the site being the present village of Massacre.

Carib Warner has been selected for his commitment to the Carib cause in the face of the conquest of their lands and the genocide of their people and for his fight against colonialism.

Article by Dr. Lennox Honeychurch

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