Sugar Barons Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies
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Description: 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.
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Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
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.
|Simplified Family Trees|
|Introduction 'Hot as Hell, and as Wicked as the Devil'|
|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|
|Expansion, War and the Rise of the Beckfords|
|'All slaves are enemies'|
|The Cousins Henry Drax and Christopher Codrington|
|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|
|Luxury and Debt|
|The War Against America|
|The West Indian 'Nabobs': Absenteeism, Decadence and Decline|
|Peace and Freedom|
|Epilogue The Sins of the Fathers|