His obsession with the Carib language
is indeed coterminous with his desire to possess the soul of the native.
The first generation of missionaries went to work in the manner that they had been trained, learning the Carib language
, preaching with pictures and exhortations, seizing upon opportunities to convert isolated natives (such as orphans), in hopes that these intermediaries would facilitate the conversion of their peers.
Kitts' highest peak is Mount Liamugia (3,793 feet), rising from huge sugar cane fields; its name means "the fertile land" in the Carib language
. You dock at the deep-water pier two-and-a-half miles from the center of town.
Hurricane simply means "big wind" in the Carib language
, and hammock means the same in both Carib and English.
About a century before the arrival of Columbus, they arrived in the Caribbean area, perhaps from Central or South America, bringing their Carib language
. They drove out the the Arawak natives of the area, taking their women; the result was an unusual culture in which the men spoke one language, the women another.