Tobago in Wartime, 1793-1815

Tobago in Wartime, 1793-1815

Tobago in Wartime, 1793-1815

Tobago in Wartime, 1793-1815

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This study of a short period in the history of one of the least known of the West Indian islands from a scholarly point of view began as a limited probe and its ultimate shape became visible but slowly. It was influenced by an interest in the surviving fortifications of Tobago and in the important eighteenth century maps which survive, and this is reflected in the emphases of the finished product. It is my hope that the work will contribute something to redressing the imbalance which exists between the two islands of the state of Trinidad and Tobago in the context of historical study and that it will stimulate other scholars to be more attentive to the experience of the latter.

My thanks are due to the staffs of the Public Record Office in London, the British Library, the Scottish Record Office and the National Library of Scotland, the Tobago Public Library as well as the Library of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, who rendered valuable assistance. I am particularly indebted to the Herman Dunlap Smith Centre at Chicago's Newberry Library, which awarded me a short- term fellowship to assist me in using its valuable map collection, without which the maps in this book would not exist.

Finally, I am grateful to Dr Bridget Brereton for her valuable comments on a draft of the manuscript and to Mrs Janice Edwards, who transformed an often barely legible mass of jottings into a polished typescript.

K.O. LAURENCE

University of the West Indies St. Augustine . . .

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