Scots on the plantations
in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic world 1750–1820
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This chapter examines the work of Scots in the West Indies plantations. It explains that Scots were only employed by planters, but many were landowners themselves, and they acted as magnets for employment applications. The practice of employing relatives or associates from the same part of Scotland as overseers or managers was widespread throughout the later part of the century. These connections extended to include British and transatlantic circles, facilitating their activities in several colonies and on both sides of the Atlantic. This chapter suggests that these networks, then, did not exist merely as a series of bilateral links for the transfer of goods, capital and people between Scotland and a colony; they established a lattice of connections that enmeshed Scotland, the Caribbean and Britain in a transatlantic complex.


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