Knights, Buccaneers, and Sugar Cane: The Caribbean Colonies of the Order of Malta

Knights, Buccaneers, and Sugar Cane: The Caribbean Colonies of the Order of Malta

by Thomas Freller, William Zammit




In the middle of the seventeenth century, apart from such leading powers and commercial giants as Spain, Portugal, England, France, and the Netherlands, all of a sudden even the minuscule Order of St John joined in the global race for colonies. In 1651 the Order acquired the islands of St Kitts (St Christopher), St Martin, St Bartholomew, and St Croix, and in the next years, in spite of many obstacles, tried to make them profitable. The history of these events not only sheds light on the international, indeed worldwide, networking of the Order but also on the personal ambitions and greed of a new ‘globalized’ age. This book presents the long overdue full story of this, until now only scarcely researched, colouful episode in the long and chequered history of the Knights of St John.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789993275527
Publisher: Midsea Books
Publication date: 11/30/2015
Series: Maltese Social Studies , #23
Edition description: First
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - The European powers, maritime expansion, and the Order of St John 1

1 The Caribbean environment 7

2 Commander de Poincy's arrival at St Kitts 13

3 Building a colonial microcosm - harsh methods, nepotism, and ambition 19

4 The Order gets involved - the acquisition of the Caribbean islands 37

5 The islands on the eve of their acquisition by the Order 53

6 Problems, hopes, and prospects 65

7 New administrators 75

8 In the grip of French interests 93

9 Summary and Epilogue 105

Appendix 109

Notes 135

Bibliography 155

i Manuscript sources 155

ii Published sources 157

iii Published works 158

Index 165

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