Enterprising Slaves and Master Pirates: Understanding Economic Life in the Bahamas

Enterprising Slaves and Master Pirates: Understanding Economic Life in the Bahamas

by Virgil Henry Storr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820470759

ISBN-13: 9780820470757

Pub. Date: 01/28/2004

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Enterprising Slaves & Master Pirates is an interdisciplinary account of economic life in the Bahamas. The Bahamas’ economic story is an interesting tale, full of vibrant color - a story of short-lived booms followed by protracted busts, where discussions of economic success force us to mention fanciful figures such as the pirates Blackbeard and Calico

Overview

Enterprising Slaves & Master Pirates is an interdisciplinary account of economic life in the Bahamas. The Bahamas’ economic story is an interesting tale, full of vibrant color - a story of short-lived booms followed by protracted busts, where discussions of economic success force us to mention fanciful figures such as the pirates Blackbeard and Calico Jack, and where accounts of economic woe, such as the collapse of the cotton market, are punctuated by descriptions of the clamor of Sunday markets or the unique practice of self-hire. Since the almost simultaneous settling of the Bahamas by pirates and Puritan farmers in the 17th century, two ideal typical entrepreneurs have dominated the region’s economic life: the enterprising slave (encouraging Bahamian businessmen to work hard, to be creative and to be productive), and the master pirate, (demonstrating how success is more easily attained through cunning and deception). In addition to Caribbean Studies scholars, this book will appeal to students of culture interested in economic development, and economists interested in how culture impacts development efforts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820470757
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
147
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

1.Introduction1
2.Context Matters: The Importance of Time and Place in Economic Narratives13
3.Expulsis Piratis: Piracy as a Model and Metaphor for Economic Success42
4.Sankofa: The Spirit of Enterprise, The Legacy of a Peculiar Slavery76
5.Competing Metaphors: Explaining Enterprise in the Bahamas103
6.Conclusion125
Bibliography133
Index145

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