An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British by Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

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 via social ties and tightly hooked up by means of alternate. In a interval while such a lot British colonists in North the USA lived under two hundred miles inland and the main towns have been all located alongside the coast, the sea frequently acted as a road among islands and mainland instead of a barrier.

The plantation method of the islands used to be 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, trying to bring up their authority on the fee of colonial executives. but whilst revolution got here, nearly all of the white island colonists didn't facet with their compatriots at the mainland.

A significant contribution to the background of the yankee Revolution, An Empire Divided strains a break up within the politics of the mainland and island colonies after the Stamp Act situation of 1765-66, whilst the colonists at the islands selected to not emulate the resistance of the patriots at the mainland. as soon as warfare got here, it was once more and more unpopular within the British Caribbean; still, the white colonists cooperated with the British in protection in their islands. O'Shaughnessy decisively refutes the frequent trust that there has been huge backing one of the Caribbean colonists for the yank 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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