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Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650-1820

Trevor Burnard


This book examines the rise and development of plantation societies in British America between 1650 and 1820. It explains the development of the large integrated plantation in Barbados in the mid seventeenth century and traces the spread of this institution to British North America and to the rest of the British Caribbean. This institution, based on the employment of African slaves in arduous gang labor, proved to be a highly successful means of creating wealth for planters, as well as for the imperial government in Britain. Yet it took a while for plantation societies to develop outside Barba ... More

Keywords: planters, merchants, slaves, violence, Jamaica, plantations, British America, colonialism, wealth, American Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226286105
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226286242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Trevor Burnard, author
University of Melbourne