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You learn something every day: What, there were Puritan colonies in the tropics?

As I said, I’ve been reading Paul Kennedy’s Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery, in which I learned in an aside that the Puritans had tried to start a colony in Honduras. I didn’t know that. In checking it out I also saw that some Puritans were the first Britishers to live in Belize, ...

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As I said, I've been reading Paul Kennedy's Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery, in which I learned in an aside that the Puritans had tried to start a colony in Honduras. I didn't know that. In checking it out I also saw that some Puritans were the first Britishers to live in Belize, aside from maybe a few pirates and shipjumpers.  

Puritans in bikinis? It just don't seem right. 

As I said, I’ve been reading Paul Kennedy’s Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery, in which I learned in an aside that the Puritans had tried to start a colony in Honduras. I didn’t know that. In checking it out I also saw that some Puritans were the first Britishers to live in Belize, aside from maybe a few pirates and shipjumpers.  

Puritans in bikinis? It just don’t seem right. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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