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

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Manchester University Press, Oct 21, 2005 - History - 249 pages
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".
 

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Contents

Scotland in the eighteenth century
11
The eighteenthcentury West Indies
32
Scots on the plantations
55
Mercantile connections
84
Scots doctors in the West Indies
112
Scots in West Indian politics
140
Scots the Caribbean and British imperial politics
169
Repatriation from the West Indies
195
Conclusion
221
Index
245
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Douglas Hamilton is Curator of eighteenth-century Maritime and Imperial History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

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