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Sugar barons : family, corruption, empire, and war in the West Indies

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Parker,Matthew (Author)
Format:
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
2011
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9780802717443
Published:
New York: Walker & Co.
ISBN:
9780802717443
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Economic conditions, Colonialism, Slavery, Great Britain, Sugar trade, Sugar plantations, Commerce
Notes:
446 p., The sugar revolution made the English, in particular, a nation of voracious consumers. The wealth of her island colonies became the foundation and focus of England's commercial and imperial greatness, underpinning the British economy and ultimately fueling the Industrial Revolution. Yet with the incredible wealth came untold misery: the horror endured by slaves, on whose backs the sugar empire was brutally built; the rampant disease that claimed the lives of one-third of all whites within three years of arrival in the Caribbean; the cruelty, corruption, and decadence of the plantation culture.