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Reflections on British Interest In The Caribbean -Page 363

Reflections on British Interest In The Caribbean -Page 363

Author: An Unknown Planter From Barbados

Medium: Ink on Paper

Date: 1762

Shelfmark: Add. 32938

Item number: f.363

Length: 37.1

Width: 19.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This is an essay on British interests in the Caribbean. It was written by a planter in Barbados in 1762 and is included in the papers of Thomas Pelham Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle. The paper discusses the strategic and economic importance of the British islands in the Caribbean, '?The situation of Martinique is no less favourable it being very near the Centre and a little to the Windward, of all the Caribbees; except Barbados and Tobago; thus commanding and guarding the whole chain of Islands, and the Passages, between them, from Porto Rico to Trinidada.? The author goes on to discuss the consequences of Martinique being controlled by the French, ??it would be better to give up all the other conquered Islands, and even to add all the Neutrals to them, than to part with Martinique alone.'

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