By Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
There have been 26—not 13—British colonies in the USA 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 with regards to the mainland by way of social ties and tightly hooked up through alternate. In a interval while so much British colonists in North the United States lived below 2 hundred miles inland and the main towns have been all positioned alongside the coast, the sea frequently acted as a street among islands and mainland instead of a barrier.
The plantation procedure of the islands was once 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 raise their authority on the cost of colonial executives. but while revolution got here, nearly all of the white island colonists didn't aspect with their compatriots at the mainland.
A significant contribution to the background of the yank Revolution, An Empire Divided lines a cut up within the politics of the mainland and island colonies after the Stamp Act drawback 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 used to be more and more unpopular within the British Caribbean; still, the white colonists cooperated with the British in safety in their islands. O'Shaughnessy decisively refutes the common trust that there has been wide backing one of the Caribbean colonists for the yank Revolution and deftly reconstructs the historical past of ways the island colonies an more and more divergent path from the previous colonies to the north.
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