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Samuel Clarke’s book, A true, and faithful account of the four chiefest plantations of the English in America, describes the four main English settlements in North America as of 1670: Virginia, New England, Bermuda, and Barbados.  Clarke was a Puritan clergyman whose non-conforming views during the Restoration prompted him to earn his livelihood by writing religious and popular books.  His description of Barbados paraphrases and freely borrows from Richard Ligon's 1657 book, A true & exact history of the island of Barbadoes. 

 

Title page of Clarke's A True, and Faithful Account of the Four Chiefest Plantations.

 

 
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