Scots in West Indian politics

Douglas J. Hamilton

in Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World 1750–1820

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780719071829
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702321 | DOI:
Scots in West Indian politics

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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.

Keywords: Scots; West Indian politics; legislative bodies; Atlantic empire; Britishness; restrictions on Catholics; American Revolution; insurrections

Chapter.  13260 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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