Scots in West Indian politics
in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic world 1750–1820
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This chapter focuses on the participations of Scots in West Indian politics. It explains that from the earliest British settlement of the Windward Islands, Scots were influential in island politics, and were well represented in all the legislative bodies. It highlights the loyalty of the locals to the empire as demonstrated by the very ‘Britishness’ of their reactions to three major crises which include the easing of restrictions on Catholics in Grenada, the American Revolution, and the insurrections of the 1790s. This chapter argues that the transient nature of the white population in the islands ensured that the home country remained central to their consciousness and that the influence of substantial numbers of Scots in the islands' polities had profound implications for the legislatures' responses, and for fostering both integration and continuity in the Atlantic empire throughout an exceptionally turbulent period.

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