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Caribbean views: the full collection

Over 1,200 images, maps and texts from the 18th and 19th centuries reveal contrasting experiences of life in the former British colonies.

You can also read author and historian Mike Phillips's response to this collection.

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Carole Holden

Head of American Collections

Unlike most of the other collections in the Online Gallery, 'Caribbean Views' is not drawn from a single British Library collection. However, scattered throughout the Library's incomparable collections of maps, manuscripts, printed books and newspapers, there is a wealth of material relating to the British West Indies. 'Caribbean Views' brings together over a hundred of these items to conjure up a vivid picture of life in the English-speaking Caribbean during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

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Curator's choice

Carole Holden highlights personal favourite items from the collection

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Planting The Sugar Cane, Antigua

Aquatint taken from 'Ten Views in the Island of Antigua', by William Clark. The aquatint depicts ...

Cutting the Sugar Cane, Antigua

This is an aquatint by William Clark. The print was was 1 of 10 included in his work about the is...

Trinidad From The Gulf Of Paria

This plate is taken from Richard Bridgens' 'West India Scenery' and is of the Gulf of Paria in Tr...

View Of Harbour St, Kingston, Looking Eastward

Harbour Street and King Street, crossing each other at right angles, are the principal streets in...

Antigua Page 2

Plate accompanying a view of St John's Harbour in Antigua.

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