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'Englishmen Transplanted'

The English Colonization of Barbados 1627-1660



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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 in the 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 resisted compromises 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 Englishmen transplanted'.

Product code: 9780199253890

ISBN 9780199253890
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H241xW160xS18
No. Of Pages 232
Publisher Oxford University Press
'Englishmen Transplanted' challenges the view of seventeenth-century Barbados planters as reckless fortune seekers. Rather, it argues they were settlers eager to transplant what was familiar to them: political and religious institutions, the nuclear family, and traditional views about social order, housing, and apparel.