Sugar And Slavery : An Economic History Of The British West Indies
|Authors & editors|
|Publisher||University Press of the West Indies|
|Year of publication||2000|
|Scope & content||ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst, 1997: |
Sheridan presents a comprehensive overview of the socioeconomic development of the British colonies of the Caribbean from their settlement through the American Revolution.
He focuses on the organization and operation of sugar plantations and the role of the sugar economy in the Atlantic World. While recognizing its inhumanity, Sheridan notes the economic importance of sugarin Britian's economic and maritime development. Further, he argues that the wealth created by sugar fueled the industrial revolution.
This book covers the changing preference of growing sugar rather than tobacco which had been the leading crop in the trans-Atlantic colonies. The Sugar Islands were Antigua, Barbados, St. Christopher, Dominica, and Cuba through Trinidad. Jamaica has been by far the major producer of sugar, but The Lesser Antilles had the advantage of a shorter sea trip to deliver produce and rum to the European Markets during the 18th and 19th Centuries
Accession no. 230711
- Shelf location: D400-SHE