Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783 [NOOK Book]

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 ...

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

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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: 9780801898976
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/29/2010
  • Series: Early America: History, Context, Culture
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Mulcahy is associate professor and chair of the history department at Loyola College in Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : melancholy and fatal calamities 1
1 Encountering hurricanes 10
2 "A conspiracy of the winds" 33
3 Weathering the storms 65
4 Choice and scarce times 94
5 Building for disaster 117
6 Sympathy in distress 141
7 The politics of public relief 165
Conclusion : beyond 1783 189
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