How Britain Underdeveloped the West Indies (with Apologies to Walter Rodney)

CLR James Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp. 168-189, Fall 2010

11 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013

See all articles by Virgil Henry Storr

Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Date Written: October 1, 2010

Abstract

Britain's colonial adventures in the West Indies lasted almost five centuries. "Slavery...and the overarching experience of colonialism," as De Barros, et al (2006, xi) write, "have in many ways defined the...Caribbean." Similarly, as Thompson (1997: 11) described, the Caribbean is "the most thoroughly colonized area in the world." This raises at least two interesting questions: (a) What's the legacy of British colonialism in the West Indies? and (b) How much did Britain benefit from her imperial exploits in the region? In this article, I will attempt to address the first but will largely ignore the second question.

Suggested Citation

Storr, Virgil Henry, How Britain Underdeveloped the West Indies (with Apologies to Walter Rodney) (October 1, 2010). CLR James Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp. 168-189, Fall 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2202885

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