By Professor of History Donald Harman Akenson
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This voyage could be expected to take six weeks. To make the homeward trip, a vessel worked northward until it hit the anti-trade winds which drove it eastward to home. 32 And, in socio-political terms, they were different in size from what they are today. 34 In the eighteenth century this dropped to 20 percent of British Isles emigrants, and the North American mainland colonies came to the fore. But in the seventeenth century, in the perspective of potential Irish (and British) migrants, the islands in the Caribbean bulked larger than did all of North America.
Columbus named the West Indian island after the monastery of Santa Maria de Monserrate, located in the Catalan mountains. 30 Thereafter, Montserrat must have been sighted now and again by adventurers who were off-course in their passage to bigger and more tempting places. The first recorded post-Columbian sighting was that previously referred to, Anthony Hilton's reconnaissance of July 1628. On that occasion the only impression Hilton left was his judgment that he did not like Montserrat as a place of possible settlement.
And, probably there continued to be in-migrants who had tried life on the continent of North America and, having found success wanting, tried again elsewhere. If the suggestion that Briskett had a connection with John White of Ballyhea, County Cork, who became "surveyor" of Virginia is true, then this is all the more probable. 86 This included Maryland. So, some of the backwash of North American colonies, especially dissatisfied Irish Catholics, could have been directed to Montserrat. From whatever mix of sources, by mid-seventeenth century Montserrat was a successful colony.