Although the main theme of this book concerns the Caribbean, and in particular the British attack on Puerto Rico in 1797, events in that part of the world were shaped exclusively by the designs of the countries of Europe. Therefore, to have a full understanding of the forces which molded the future of the islands we must first examine the motivations and aspirations of the European nations themselves throughout the eighteenth century.
The subject matter concerns mainly Great Britain and to a lesser extent, France and Spain, although an in-depth examination of these countries; internal politics have been omitted unless it has specific West Indian connection However, the first chapter is dedicated to the political and social scene in England as the start of the century, as it was this which defined the power base of the country and in turn influenced it's policies. Whilst this may seem at first sight to be a study of British rather than West Indian history, it is felt that without examining the social. and commercial criteria of the home country, it is not possible to gain a full understanding of her colonial aspirations. The internal history of Puerto Rico herself, however, has been omitted as this is readily available in excellent works by a number of local historians.
This, then, is the story of a group of relatively small islands, thousands of miles from Europe, whose ownership was a frequent cause of war between what were at the time the most powerful nations in the world. It is a story of slavery, greed, and ambition and traces the fortunes of these islands during their heyday, before they sank into the relative obscurity of the 19th century.
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Book Description Publicaciones Puertorriquen&#x, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111881713202