The Cornish in the Caribbean: From the 17th to the 19th Centuries

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, Jan 29, 2019 - History - 200 pages
The first book to look specifically at the movement of Cornish men and women to and from the Caribbean from the early days of colonialism. A fascinating subject for those with an interest in all things Cornish, be they in Cornwall, in the Caribbean, or in the wider Cornish diaspora.
The Cornish in the Caribbean is the first study to tell the stories of some of the many Cornish men and women who went to the Caribbean. Some became wealthy plantation owners, while others came as indentured servants and labourers. Cornish men were active in the armed services, taking part in the numerous sea and land battles fought by the competing European powers throughout the region. Cornish officers and crew sailed on the ships of the Falmouth Packet Service which took the mail to and from the Caribbean. Methodism was strong in Cornwall and Methodist missionaries and their wives came to the Caribbean to evangelise both the enslaved and the newly free.
The most striking transfer of Cornish skills to the Caribbean was to be found in mining. As Cornish mining declined, and the Great Emigration of miners and their families got underway, Cornish mining engineers, captains and miners went out to mines throughout the Caribbean.
Meticulously researched and highly readable” Bridget Brereton, Professor Emerita, University of the West Indies.
 

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Contents

Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
33
In Defence of the Empire
69
The Falmouth Packet Service
103
Barbados the British Windward Islands
127
the Mines of British Guiana
156
Methodist Missionaries
184
The Mines of Cuba and
205
The Mines of Virgin Gorda
233
Background History of the British
259
Background History of Jamaica
266
Background History of Barbados
274
The Early History of Methodism and
285
Background History of Virgin Gorda
297
Index
335
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Sue Appleby, through her Cornish ancestors and from childhood vacations spent in Cornwall, developed an early interest in Cornish history. She has spent most of her working life in the Caribbean assisting in the development of information systems and services for various international, regional and national organisations. Married to Bernie Evan-Wong, she has two daughters, Meiling and Sarah, and lives on the island of Antigua.

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