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. The book highlights the Scots reinvention of the system of clanship to structure their social relations in the empire and finds that involvement in the Caribbean also bound Scots and English together in a shared Atlantic imperial enterprise and played a key role in the emergence of the British nation and the Atlantic world.
This book, therefore, will be of interest to scholars and students of Scottish, British, Caribbean, imperial and Atlantic history.
'There is no comparable study and this book would find a welcome place on the reading lists of graduate students and historians of the Atlantic world.' Professor Kenneth Morgan, Brunel University
List of abbreviations
1. Scotland in the eighteenth century
2. The eighteenth-century West Indies
3. Scots on the plantations
4. Mercantile connections
5. Scots doctors in the West Indies
6. Scots in West Indian politics
7. Scots, the Caribbean and British politics
8. Repatriation from the West Indies
Index -- .
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.38