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Author Name:    O'SHAUGHNESSY, Andrew Jackson. Early American Studies series).

Title:   Empire Divided : The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. Paperback Edition.

Publisher:    University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2000, ISBN:0812217322 

Seller ID:   106287

O'SHAUGHNESSY, Andrew Jackson. An Empire Divided : The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, (2000). First Paperback Printing. Pp. (6),[vii]-xvi,(2) of maps,[1]-357,(1). Illustrated in black and white. 8vo, illustrsated cream and grey card covers with brown, red and white lettering to front cover, brown and red lettering to spine. A volume in the Penn Early American Studies series. Series editor: Richard S. Dunn. "There were twenty-six, not thirteen British colonies in American in 1776. Of these, the six colonies in the Caribbean -- Jamaica, Barbados, the Leeward Islands, Grenada and Tobago, St. Vincent, and Dominica -- were among the wealthiest. These island colonies were closely related to the mainland by social ties and tightly connected by trade. In a period when most British colonists in North America lived along the coast, the ocean often acted as a highway between islands and mainland rather than abarrier. The plantation system of the islands was so similar to that of th e southern mainland colonies that these regions had more in common with each other, some historians argue, than either had with New England. Yet when revolution came, the majority of the white island colonists did not side with their compatriots on the mainland. A major contribution to the history of the American Revolution, 'An Empire Divided' traces a split in the politics of the mainland and island colonies after the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765-66, when the colonists on the islands chose not to emulate the resistance ofthe patriots on the mainland. Once war came, it was increasingly unpopular in the British Caribbean; nevertheless, the white colonists cooperated wit h the British in defense of their islands. O'Shaughnessy decisively refutesthe widespread belief that there was broad backing among the Caribbean col onists for the American Revolution and deftly reconstructs the history of how the island colonies followed an increasingly divergent course from the former colonies to the north." - from the rear cover. Very good. 25.00


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