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By Matthew Mulcahy

Hurricanes created special demanding situations for the colonists within the British higher Caribbean in the course of the 17th and eighteenth centuries. those storms have been totally new to eu settlers and speedy turned the main feared a part of their actual surroundings, destroying staple plants and provisions, leveling plantations and cities, disrupting delivery and alternate, 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 advance of the region's colonial settlements. Hurricanes and Society within the British larger Caribbean, 1624--1783 presents an invaluable new viewpoint on a number of issues 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 background, Atlantic heritage, environmental historical past, and the starting to be box of catastrophe studies.

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