Englishmen Transplanted: The English Colonization of Barbados 1627-1660

Hardcover | December 19, 2003

byLarry Gragg

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Larry Gragg challenges the prevailing view of the seventeenth-century English planters of Barbados as architects of a social disaster. Most historians have described them as profligate and immoral, as grasping capitalists who exploited their servants and slaves in a quest for quick riches inthe cultivation of sugar. Yet, they were more than rapacious entrepreneurs. Like English emigrants to other regions in the empire, sugar planters transplanted many familiar governmental and legal institutions, eagerly started families, abided traditional views about the social order, and resistedcompromises in their diet, apparel, and housing, despite their tropical setting. Seldom becoming absentee planters, these Englishmen developed an extraordinary attraction to Barbados, where they saw themselves, as one group of planters explained in a petition, as 'being Englishmentransplanted'.

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Larry Gragg challenges the prevailing view of the seventeenth-century English planters of Barbados as architects of a social disaster. Most historians have described them as profligate and immoral, as grasping capitalists who exploited their servants and slaves in a quest for quick riches inthe cultivation of sugar. Yet, they were mo...

Larry Gragg is a Professor of History, University of Missouri-Rolla.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:December 19, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199253897

ISBN - 13:9780199253890

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviations1. Introduction2. First Impressions3. Establishing a Colony 1625-16604. Transplanting Institutions5. Making Money in the English Atlantic Economy6. Finding Workers7. Seeking Opportunity and Financing the Sugar Revolution8. Creating an Orderly Society9. Afterword: Lasting ImpressionsBibliographyIndex