By Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
There have been 26—not 13—British colonies in the United States in 1776. of those, the six colonies within the Caribbean—Jamaica, Barbados, the Leeward Islands, Grenada and Tobago, St. Vincent; and Dominica—were one of the wealthiest. those island colonies have been heavily on the topic of the mainland by way of social ties and tightly attached by means of alternate. In a interval whilst such a lot British colonists in North the United States lived below 2 hundred miles inland and the key towns have been all positioned alongside the coast, the sea usually acted as a road among islands and mainland instead of a barrier.
The plantation procedure of the islands was once so just like that of the southern mainland colonies that those areas had extra in universal with one another, a few historians argue, than both had with New England. Political advancements in the entire colonies moved alongside parallel tracks, with elected assemblies within the Caribbean, like their mainland opposite numbers, looking to bring up their authority on the price of colonial executives. but whilst revolution got here, the vast majority of the white island colonists didn't facet with their compatriots at the mainland.
A significant contribution to the historical past of the yankee Revolution, An Empire Divided lines a cut up within the politics of the mainland and island colonies after the Stamp Act drawback of 1765-66, while the colonists at the islands selected to not emulate the resistance of the patriots at the mainland. as soon as battle got here, it was once more and more unpopular within the British Caribbean; still, the white colonists cooperated with the British in safety in their islands. O'Shaughnessy decisively refutes the common trust that there has been extensive backing one of the Caribbean colonists for the yankee Revolution and deftly reconstructs the background of ways the island colonies an more and more divergent path from the previous colonies to the north.
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An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (Early American Studies) by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy