About this book
An examination of the sugar trade in the West Indies through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This outpost in England's Empire was its richest colony, but was built on the human misery of tens of thousands of enslaved Africans.
Explores the lives and experiences of those whose fortunes rose and fell with the West Indian empire. From the ambitious and brilliant entrepreneurs, to the grandees wielding power across the Atlantic, this title presents the story of how a few small islands and a handful of families decisively shaped the British Empire.