On the Rim of the Caribbean Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic World

ISBN-10: 0820345032
ISBN-13: 9780820345031
Edition: 2013
Authors: Paul M. Pressly
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 3/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

How did colonial Georgia, an economic backwater in its early days, make its way into the burgeoning Caribbean and Atlantic economies where trade spilled over national boundaries, merchants operated in multiple markets, and the transport of enslaved Africans bound together four continents?In On the Rim of the Caribbean, Paul M. Pressly interprets Georgia's place in the Atlantic world in light of recent work in transnational and economic history. He considers how a tiny elite of newly arrived merchants, adapting to local culture but loyal to a larger vision of the British empire, led the colony into overseas trade. From this perspective, Pressly examines the ways in which Georgia came to share many of the characteristics of the sugar islands, how Savannah developed as a "Caribbean" town, the dynamics of an emerging slave market, and the role of merchant-planters as leaders in forging a highly adaptive economic culture open to innovation. The colony's rapid growth holds a larger story: how a frontier where Carolinians played so large a role earned its own distinctive character.Georgia's slowness in responding to the revolutionary movement, Pressly maintains, had a larger context. During the colonial era, the lowcountry remained oriented to the West Indies and Atlantic and failed to develop close ties to the North American mainland as had South Carolina. He suggests that the American Revolution initiated the process of bringing the lowcountry into the orbit of the mainland, a process that would extend well beyond the Revolution.

Illustrations follow page
Preface
Maps
Introduction
The Three Georgias
Merging Planting Elites
The West Indies, Cornerstone of Trade
Savannah as a "Caribbean" Town
Merchants in a Creole Society
The Slave Trade in Creating a Black Georgia
The Making of the Lowcountry Plantation
Georgia's Rice and the Atlantic World
Retailing the "Baubles of Britain"
The Trade in Deerskins and Rum
Nationalizing the Lowcountry
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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