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Early Glasgow Sugar Plantations in the Caribbean

STUART M. NISBET
Scottish Archaeological Journal
Vol. 31, No. 1/2 (2009), pp. 115-136
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27917631
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

From the 17th century, Glasgow grew from a local market centre to a merchant city. Much of the wealth of its leading merchants came from Atlantic trade. Before the city's celebrated connections with Virginia, great success was achieved from trade with the Caribbean. In the late 17th century, Glasgow had more than a hundred merchants, part of a 'Great Company' trading with the Americas, including the Caribbean islands. 1 This was a two-way process, and various Glasgow pioneers operated at the colonial end. This article explores the hitherto hidden background of two of the city's earliest and most successful Caribbean merchants. This is achieved by an investigation of the upstanding archaeology on their sugar plantations on the Leeward Island of St Kitts (St Christopher). It will suggest that to put Glasgow's development in proper context, we must consider this neglected part of its history and archaeology.

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