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The History, Civil and Commercial, of the West Indies

The History, Civil and Commercial, of the West Indies
With a Continuation to the Present Time
5 Volume Paperback Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Slavery and Abolition

  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108024808

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  • Bryan Edwards (1743–1800) was a wealthy West Indian planter, politician and historian. He vigorously opposed the abolition of the slave trade, since the sugar industry relied heavily on it. His most important work was The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies, originally published in two volumes in 1793, and subsequently expanded (this fifth edition of 1819 reaching five volumes) with many plates and maps. It rapidly became the standard work on the subject, and Edwards was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of its importance. In this wide-ranging work, he described his aim as 'to describe the manners and dispositions of the present inhabitants, as influenced by climate, situation, and other local causes . . . an account of the African slave trade, some observations on the negro character and genius, and reflections on the system of slavery established in our colonies'.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108024808
    • dimensions: 250 x 321 x 160 mm
    • weight: 7kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 11 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo
    Part II. History of the War in the West Indies, from its Commencement in February 1793
    Part I. History of the War in the West Indies, from its Commencement in 1793
    Part II. History of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

  • Author

    Bryan Edwards

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