The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies

The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies

by Matthew Parker


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ISBN-13: 9780802777980
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Matthew Parker, the author of Panama Fever, Monte Cassino, and The Sugar Barons, has written for a number of newspapers and magazines and has worked as a contributor to history television projects.

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor who now calls Los Angeles home. He is an accomplished narrator, having recorded over fifty audiobooks and received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart.

Table of Contents

Maps vii

Simplified Family Trees xii

Chronology xv

Picture Sources xviii

Introduction 'Hot as Hell, and as Wicked as the Devil' 1

Part 1 The Pioneers

1 White Gold, 1642 9

2 The First Settlements, 1605-41 14

3 The Sugar Revolution: 'So Noble an Undertaking' 32

4 The Sugar Revolution: 'Most inhuman and barbarous persons' 44

5 The Plantation: Masters and Slaves 52

6 The English Civil War in Barbados 67

7 The Plantation: Life and Death 76

8 Cromwell's 'Western Design': Disaster in Hispaniola 88

9 The Invasion of Jamaica 97

Part 2 The Grandees

10 The Restoration 115

11 Expansion, War and the Rise of the Beckfords 132

12 'All slaves are enemies' 147

13 The Cousins Henry Drax and Christopher Codrington 161

14 God's Vengeance 169

15 The Planter at War: Codrington in the Leeward Islands 180

16 The French Invasion of Jamaica 192

17 Codrington the Younger in the West Indies 197

18 The Murder of Daniel Parke 211

19 The Beckfords: The Next Generation 219

20 Piracy and Rum 234

21 The Maroon War in Jamaica and the War of Jenkins's Ear 248

22 Barbados, the 'Civilised Isle' 259

23 Thomas Thistlewood in Jamaica: 'Tonight very lonely and melancholy again' 270

24 Jamaica: Rich and Poor 285

25 The Sugar Lobby 296

Part 3 The Inheritors

26 Luxury and Debt 311

27 The War Against America 325

28 The West Indian 'Nabobs': Absenteeism, Decadence and Decline 333

29 Peace and Freedom 345

Epilogue The Sins of the Fathers 359

Source Notes 365

Select Bibliography 417

Acknowledgements 433

Index 435

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The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and an excellent history of the region. It provides and outstanding reference as to why the "new world" experienced the racial difficulties that it has.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This reasonably interesting survey of the roots of the First British Empire is at its best when dealing with the settlement of Barbados and Jamaica, how sugar came to be the predominant cash crop, and the con-commitment to slavery as the prime means of production. Parker's narrative rapidly tails off when he reaches the conclusion of the Seven Years War, and then moves as quickly as possible to London's abolition of African slavery. Considering that Parker seems to be as interested in how piracy came to be the poor man's alternative to agribusiness, perhaps starting with a narrow focus on the origins of the sugar barons wasn't the best narrative choice; writing more of an account of London's West Indian empire from both sides of the Atlantic might have been a better strategy. Again, there's nothing actually wrong with this book, it just feels a bit thin.
gernamgmer More than 1 year ago
This is the worst book I have ever read. There are so many Grammatical errors. Do not buy! I could only read five pages before I had to stop.
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