On the Rim of the Caribbean: Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic World by Paul PresslyOn the Rim of the Caribbean: Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic World by Paul Pressly

On the Rim of the Caribbean: Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic World

byPaul Pressly

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How did colonial Georgia, an economic backwater in its early days, make its way into the burgeoning Caribbean and Atlantic economies where trade spilled over national boundaries, merchants operated in multiple markets, and the transport of enslaved Africans bound together four continents?

In On the Rim of the Caribbean, Paul M. Pressly interprets Georgia's place in the Atlantic world in light of recent work in transnational and economic history. He considers how a tiny elite of newly arrived merchants, adapting to local culture but loyal to a larger vision of the British empire, led the colony into overseas trade. From this perspective, Pressly examines the ways in which Georgia came to share many of the characteristics of the sugar islands, how Savannah developed as a "Caribbean" town, the dynamics of an emerging slave market, and the role of merchant-planters as leaders in forging a highly adaptive economic culture open to innovation. The colony's rapid growth holds a larger story: how a frontier where Carolinians played so large a role earned its own distinctive character.

Georgia's slowness in responding to the revolutionary movement, Pressly maintains, had a larger context. During the colonial era, the lowcountry remained oriented to the West Indies and Atlantic and failed to develop close ties to the North American mainland as had South Carolina. He suggests that the American Revolution initiated the process of bringing the lowcountry into the orbit of the mainland, a process that would extend well beyond the Revolution.

PAUL M. PRESSLY is director of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance, a partnership between the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Ossabaw Island Foundation.
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Title:On the Rim of the Caribbean: Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8.95 × 6.02 × 0.82 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820345032

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Table of Contents

Illustrations follow page 92

Preface ix
Maps xii

Introduction 1

Chapter One
The Three Georgias 11

Chapter Two
Merging Planting Elites 32

Chapter Three
The West Indies, Cornerstone of Trade 50

Chapter Four
Savannah as a "Caribbean" Town 69

Chapter Five
Merchants in a Creole Society 93

Chapter Six
The Slave Trade in Creating a Black Georgia 112

Chapter Seven
The Making of the Lowcountry Plantation 134

Chapter Eight
Georgia's Rice and the Atlantic World 153

Chapter Nine
Retailing the "Baubles of Britain" 172

Chapter Ten
The Trade in Deerskins and Rum 193

Chapter Eleven
Nationalizing the Lowcountry 213

Notes 229
Bibliography 301
Index 337

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On the Rim of the Caribbean makes an important contribution to the study of British mainland plantation colonies. . . . Pressly’s rich foundation of evidence and thorough research enable a fuller and more detailed history of an often neglected colony. He has both situated colonial Georgia appropriately in the British Atlantic World and described it unusually well. - Bradford J. Wood - New West Indian Guide