By Matthew Mulcahy
Hurricanes created targeted demanding situations for the colonists within the British higher Caribbean in the course of the 17th and eighteenth centuries. those storms have been completely new to ecu settlers and quick grew to become the main feared a part of their actual setting, destroying staple vegetation and provisions, leveling plantations and cities, disrupting delivery and exchange, and leading to significant fiscal losses for planters and common privation for slaves.
In this examine, Matthew Mulcahy examines how colonists made feel of hurricanes, how they recovered from them, and the function of the storms in shaping the improvement of the region's colonial settlements. Hurricanes and Society within the British better Caribbean, 1624--1783 offers an invaluable new standpoint on numerous themes together with colonial technological know-how, the plantation economic system, slavery, and private and non-private charity. by way of integrating the West Indies into the bigger tale of British Atlantic colonization, Mulcahy's paintings contributes to early American historical past, Atlantic heritage, environmental heritage, and the starting to be box of catastrophe studies.
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