The Sugar Barons

The history of the world can be traced through its most valuable commodities, one of which, for a time, was simple cane sugar. “White gold” funded the rise and fall of empires, shaping our modern geopolitical landscape and establishing the economic promise of the New World. The not-so-sweet nexus of all this greed and chicanery was the Caribbean, its history of slaves and masters, fortunes and failures portrayed brilliantly here by scholar and former West Indies citizen Matthew Parker.