Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783

Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783

by Matthew Mulcahy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801890799

ISBN-13: 9780801890796

Pub. Date: 07/08/2008

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Hurricanes created unique challenges for the colonists in the British Greater Caribbean during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These storms were entirely new to European settlers and quickly became the most feared part of their physical environment, destroying staple crops and provisions, leveling plantations and towns, disrupting shipping and trade, and

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Overview

Hurricanes created unique challenges for the colonists in the British Greater Caribbean during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These storms were entirely new to European settlers and quickly became the most feared part of their physical environment, destroying staple crops and provisions, leveling plantations and towns, disrupting shipping and trade, and resulting in major economic losses for planters and widespread privation for slaves.

In this study, Matthew Mulcahy examines how colonists made sense of hurricanes, how they recovered from them, and the role of the storms in shaping the development of the region's colonial settlements. Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624–1783 provides a useful new perspective on several topics including colonial science, the plantation economy, slavery, and public and private charity. By integrating the West Indies into the larger story of British Atlantic colonization, Mulcahy's work contributes to early American history, Atlantic history, environmental history, and the growing field of disaster studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801890796
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Series:
Early America: History, Context, Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction : melancholy and fatal calamities1
1Encountering hurricanes10
2"A conspiracy of the winds"33
3Weathering the storms65
4Choice and scarce times94
5Building for disaster117
6Sympathy in distress141
7The politics of public relief165
Conclusion : beyond 1783189

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