could you please tell me whether you think this sentence is correct?

"Even more important, some of the early colonists - and many more as time went on - were not English at all."

I´m fine with most of it except for the beginning. It seems to me that it doesn´t quite fit in the sentence as it breaks its continuity. I´d replace ´even more important´ with either ´what is even more important is that..´ (with no comma) or ´even more importantly´.
Could you please help me settle this?
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Hi, Dipsik.
Even more important is alright. You can use moreover, all the more, what is more.
´what is even more important is that..´ is possible, but it
"What is more important is that some of the early colonists , and many more as a time went on, were not English at all."
Hi Fandorin,

No offence, but the sentence you´ve created doesn´t seem correct to me. In addition, I don´t need any other alternatives; the sentence I´ve posted is not mine. I reckon the word IMPORTANT here causes the whole sentence doesn´t flow smoothly.
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Let's wait for anyone else.
Your sentence seems fine to me, but some people might say "even more importantly".
Thanks, Huevos...
Anyway, how come it´s possible to use this form of the word? (I mean: important) Is it an abbreviated " What is more important is.."
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Here's what it says at dictionary.com

—Usage note Both more important and more importantly occur at the beginning of a sentence in all varieties of standard English: More important (or More importantly), her record as an administrator is unmatched. Today, more importantly is the more common, even though some object to its use on the grounds that more important is an elliptical form of “What is more important” and that the adverb importantly could not occur in such a construction. More importantly probably developed by analogy with other sentence-modifying adverbs, as curiously, fortunately, and regrettably.

By the way Fandorin's sentence is fine too.
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