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Their first crop of tobacco was wiped out by a hurricane. 36 Thereafter, the St Christopher colony grew quickly, though not gently. Thomas Warner, having done all the hard work, nearly had its fruits stolen from him by his social betters. Warner had occupied non-English territory, without first receiving state authority Fortunately for him, the new king, Charles I, was intent on putting a thumb in the eye of the Spanish, so on 13 September 1625, Warner and his chief colleague (one Ralph Merrifield) were given a royal commission confirming their authority, at King's pleasure, over St Christopher and also the islands of Nevis, Montserrat and Barbados (the latter, Warner had yet to see).
They then journeyed to an English settlement on the Surinam 31 Ireland's Neo-Feudal Empire River and thence some went to St Christopher, others to Montserrat and others to Barbados. 70 Second, the early settlement probably had Irish Catholics in it who had been thrown out of the Virginia Colony. 72 Hence, one credits both his describing the Montserrat settlers as being Irish Catholics and as being Virginia exiles. 74 This occurred in 1630, and it would not have been an unnatural reach for men who were in essence exiled to the New World to seek out the more accommodating settlements of St Christopher and Nevis, each with their large Irish component.
The end of all this was that on 2 July 1627, Carlisle was granted, by royal proprietary letters patent, hereditary rights to St Christopher, Nevis, Montserrat, and Barbados and to most of the Caribbean islands lying between 10 degrees and 20 degrees north latitude. 37 The Carlisle patent, which controlled all the Leeward islands, was a strange device which ran counter to the spirit of an age when merchant capitalism was developing and when chartered companies were the preferred form of imperialism.