Since returning from London, I’ve been working on an article that covers “prize culture.” That may need a little explaining, and for that I need you, dear reader, to forget what you think is meant by the term “prize.” Travel, instead, back to London in the middle of the (more…)

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A remarkable, and may I add “restricted,” document discovered deep within the archives of the British Library revealed much of the politics that surrounded Admiral John Byng’s court martial as well as the subsequent government inquiry into how the island of Minorca fell to the French in April of 1756. Those two went together. But prior to both, the Newcastle government collapsed: too many (more…)

The Caribbean often gets passed over in the study of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). The focus between the main belligerents, Great Britain and France, as well as the big prizes, India and North America, tend to overshadow any thoughts of the Caribbean as part of the worldwide wartime campaigns.

This is in error.

French and British holdings in the West Indies were significant, and the war did not merely (more…)