Sugar Barons Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies

ISBN-10: 0802777988
ISBN-13: 9780802777980
Edition: N/A
Authors: Matthew Parker
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

To those who travel there today, the West Indies are unspoiled paradise islands. Yet that image conceals a turbulent and shocking history. For some two hundred years after 1650, the West Indies were the strategic center of the Western world’s greatest power struggles as Europeans made and lost immense fortunes growing and trading in sugar—a commodity so lucrative it became known as "white gold." Matthew Parker vividly chronicles how the wealth of her island colonies became the foundation and focus of England’s commercial and imperial greatness, underpinning the British economy and ultimately fueling the Industrial Revolution. Yet with the incredible wealth came untold misery: the horror endured by slaves, on whose backs the sugar empire was brutally built; the rampant disease that claimed the lives of one-third of all whites within three years of arrival in the Caribbean; the cruelty, corruption, and decadence of the plantation culture. Broad in scope, rich in detail,The Sugar Baronsfreshly links the histories of Europe, the West Indies, and North America and reveals the full impact of the sugar revolution, the resonance of which is still felt today.

Matthew Parker gained a first-class degree in English at Oxford University and now works as a writer, editor and book reviewer who specialises in modern history.

Maps
Simplified Family Trees
Chronology
Picture Sources
Introduction 'Hot as Hell, and as Wicked as the Devil'
The Pioneers
White Gold, 1642
The First Settlements, 1605-41
The Sugar Revolution: 'So Noble an Undertaking'
The Sugar Revolution: 'Most inhuman and barbarous persons'
The Plantation: Masters and Slaves
The English Civil War in Barbados
The Plantation: Life and Death
Cromwell's 'Western Design': Disaster in Hispaniola
The Invasion of Jamaica
The Grandees
The Restoration
Expansion, War and the Rise of the Beckfords
'All slaves are enemies'
The Cousins Henry Drax and Christopher Codrington
God's Vengeance
The Planter at War: Codrington in the Leeward Islands
The French Invasion of Jamaica
Codrington the Younger in the West Indies
The Murder of Daniel Parke
The Beckfords: The Next Generation
Piracy and Rum
The Maroon War in Jamaica and the War of Jenkins's Ear
Barbados, the 'Civilised Isle'
Thomas Thistlewood in Jamaica: 'Tonight very lonely and melancholy again'
Jamaica: Rich and Poor
The Sugar Lobby
The Inheritors
Luxury and Debt
The War Against America
The West Indian 'Nabobs': Absenteeism, Decadence and Decline
Peace and Freedom
Epilogue The Sins of the Fathers
Source Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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