Troubador The Cornish in the Caribbean

Released: 28/02/2019

ISBN: 9781789017137

eISBN: 9781789019834

Format: Hardback/eBook

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The Cornish in the Caribbean

From the 17th to the 19th Centuries


The first book to look specifically at the movement of Cornish men and women to and from the Caribbean from the early days of colonialism. 
A fascinating subject for those with an interest in all things Cornish, be they in Cornwall, in the Caribbean, or in the wider Cornish diaspora. 

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. 

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.

Sue visited the Bartlett Library at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth recently to present Tony Pawlyn, the Museum's Head of Research, with a copy of 'The Cornish in the Caribbean'. Tony is the author of 'The Falmouth Packets' and was Sue's 'go-to' expert when she was researching the chapters on 'The Falmouth Packet Service' and 'In Defence of the Empire'.

Sue recently presented a copy of 'The Cornish in the Caribbean' to the Morrab Library in Penzance, Cornwall. The Morrab has an excellent Photo Archive which Sue used during her research.

The Morrab writes:
"It was a real pleasure to have author Sue Appleby here today as she presented a copy of her just published book 'The Cornish in the Caribbean' to our Librarian and Head of Photo Archive... This book, exploring a unique part of Cornish history, will soon be on our shelves and available for both borrowing and research."

The Book Shop at Liskeard, Cornwall is holding a Book Shop Event on Thursday, March 28 at 4.00 pm. Author: Sue Appleby, telling the story of 'The Cornish in the Caribbean', [and how she came to write it].

The Book Shop is at 2 Barras Street Liskeard.

The Book Shop writes: "We are delighted to welcome the author Sue Appleby to the Book Shop and hope that you will be able to join us to learn about the historical links between Cornwall and the Caribbean".

Comments on The Cornish in the Caribbean:

"Meticulously researched and highly readable"
Bridget Brereton, Professor Emerita, University of the West Indies, Trinidad. Author of 'Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad 1870-1900', ' A History of Modern Trinidad 1783-1962', and 'Ranjit Kumar: Bridging the East and the West (1912-1982)'.

"... very sprightly and accomplished. It was especially interesting to read about a venture [on Virgin Gorda] that was exactly contemporary with the Cobre Company." Professor Chris Evans, University of South Wales, Wales. Author of 'El Cobre: Cuban ore and the globalization of Swansea copper, 1830-1870', 'Carabali and Culies at El Cobre: African Slaves and Chinese Indentured Labourers in the Service of Swansea Copper', and 'Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660-1850'.

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Sue Appleby

Sue Appleby has a developing interest in the influence of historical local, national and international events on family life. Her first book, "The Hammers of Towan: a Nineteenth-Century Cornish Family", looks at the impact of the Great Emigration on Cornish ancestors on her mother's side of the family.

She has just published "The Cornish in the Caribbean from the 17th to 19th Centuries" which tells the story of the contribution made by Cornish people in the Caribbean: the miners in the copper mines of Cuba and Virgin Gorda, and the mines of then British Guiana and Aruba; the captains and crews of the Falmouth Packet Mail service to the West Indies; Methodist missionaries; colonial governors; wealthy planters; navy and army personnel stationed in the Caribbean; pirates and buccaneers.

With a Master's Degree in Information and Library Management, she has spent most of her adult life in the Caribbean working for various international, regional, and national organisations. Married to Bernie Evan-Wong, she has two daughters, Meiling and Sarah, and lives in Antigua.

Sue presenting a copy of The Cornish in the Caribbean to the Morrab Library

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