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The Sugar Barons - Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies

Matthew Parker

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Genres:

History

Description:

To those who travel there today, the West Indies are unspoiled paradise islands. Yet that image conceals a turbulent, dramatic, and shocking history. For some two hundred years after 1650, the West Indies became the strategic center of the Western world, witnessing one of the greatest power struggles of the age as Europeans made and lost immense fortunes growing and trading in sugar-a commodity so lucrative it became known as "white gold." As Matthew Parker skillfully chronicles in his sweeping history, the sugar revolution made the English, in particular, a nation of voracious consumers, so much so that the wealth of her island colonies came to underpin the entire British economy, ultimately fueling the Industrial Revolution. Yet beside the incredible wealth came untold misery: the horrors of slavery and of slaves, on whose backs the sugar empires were brutally built; the rampant disease that claimed the lives of one third of all whites within three years of arrival in the Caribbean; the cruelty, corruption, and decadence of the plantation culture. For those on the ground, the British West Indian empire presented a disturbing moral universe. Parker vividly interweaves the human stories-since lost to history-of visitors and slaves, overseers and soldiers, and of the families whose fortunes and fame rose and fell on sugar. Their wealth drove the development of the North American mainland states, and with it a slave culture, as the racist plantation model was exported to the warm southern states. Eventually opposition to sugar policy in London helped to unite the North American colonies against Britain. Broad in scope and rich in detail, The Sugar Barons freshly links the histories of Europe, the West Indies, and North America, and reveals the full impact of the sugar revolution, the resonance of which is still felt today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Cowley

Length:

16h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

12:40


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

14:35


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

49:45


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

34:34


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:55


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

42:51


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

25:03


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

32:58


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

25:08


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

43:36


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

47:19


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

42:41


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

36:32


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

21:11


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

30:11


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

31:28


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

12:29


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

40:07


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

21:09


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

42:52


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

38:41


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

31:33


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

32:11


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

41:43


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

29:39


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

33:51


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

38:36


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

19:50


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

36:11


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

36:04


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

15:50