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Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World, 1750-1820
     

Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World, 1750-1820

by Douglas Hamilton
 

ISBN-10: 0719071836

ISBN-13: 9780719071836

Pub. Date: 12/15/2010

Publisher: Manchester University Press

This is the first book wholly devoted to assessing the array of links between Scotland and the Caribbean in the later eighteenth century. It uses a wide range of archival sources to paint a detailed picture of the lives of thousands of Scots who sought fortunes and opportunities, as Burns wrote, 'across th' Atlantic roar'. It outlines the range of their occupations

Overview

This is the first book wholly devoted to assessing the array of links between Scotland and the Caribbean in the later eighteenth century. It uses a wide range of archival sources to paint a detailed picture of the lives of thousands of Scots who sought fortunes and opportunities, as Burns wrote, 'across th' Atlantic roar'. It outlines the range of their occupations as planters, merchants, slave owners, doctors, overseers, and politicians, and shows how Caribbean connections affected Scottish society during the period of 'improvement'. The book highlights the Scots' reinvention of the system of clanship to structure their social relations in the empire and finds that involvement in the Caribbean also bound Scots and English together in a shared Atlantic imperial enterprise and played a key role in the emergence of the British nation and the Atlantic World.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719071836
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

Maps

Introduction

1. Scotland in the eighteenth century

2. The eighteenth-century West Indies

3. Scots on the plantations

4. Mercantile connections

5. Scots doctors in the West Indies

6. Scots in West Indian politics

7. Scots, the Caribbean and British politics

8. Repatriation from the West Indies

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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