The Cornish in the Caribbean: from the 17th to 19th Centuries

Shortlisted for the 2020 Cornish Publishers

Awards - the Holyer an Gof

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The Cornish in the Caribbean is the first study to tell the stories of some of the many Cornish men and women who went to the Caribbean. Some became wealthy plantation owners, while others came as indentured servants and labourers. Cornish men were active in the armed services, taking part in the numerous sea and land battles fought by the competing European powers throughout the region. Cornish officers and crew sailed on the ships of the Falmouth Packet Service which took the mail to and from the Caribbean. Methodism was strong in Cornwall and Methodist missionaries and their wives came to the Caribbean to evangelise both the enslaved and the newly free. 


But the most striking transfer of Cornish skills to the Caribbean was to be found in mining. As Cornish mining declined, and the Great Emigration of miners and their families got underway, Cornish mining engineers, captains and miners went out to mines throughout the Caribbean. 


“Meticulously researched and highly readable” 

Bridget Brereton, Professor Emerita, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

“... very sprightly and accomplished.

Chris Evans, Professor, University of South Wales. Pontypridd, Wales.

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