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Jamaica in 1687 free pdf This remarkable description of Jamaica in the late 1680s was written by a contemporary English observer, John Taylor, who spent some months on the island. The original manuscript is held by the National Library of Jamaica, and has rarely been used by scholars. It contains information about Jamaica under the Spaniards, about the English invasion of 1655 and about the formation of the subsequent society, including the treatment of slaves. There are sections on the island's settlement and architecture, including a particularly full description of Port Royal. John Taylor sets out fifty current laws, many of them unknown to other such collections. He also carefully explains the nature of Jamaica's birds, beasts and plants. Taylor offers an image of the island before the general spread of sugar cultivation, citing some creatures now extinct in Jamaica- he also makes many suggestions about the medical use of natural products. His world is still one in which certain places are enchanted, though he also describes an island whose main features will be entirely familiar to modern Jamaicans. Buisseret's meticulous work on this manuscript has taken over twenty years and he provides an annotated version of the manuscript, which was originally more than 850 pages and was in three volumes. This edition covers the second half of volume 1 and the whole of volume 2, providing a rich tapestry of Taylor's observations and notes on Jamaica. Most of the remaining manuscript contains autobiographical material and nautical logs. Buisseret's edition provides an annotation and a glossary. The text will be useful to generations of scholars and students alike or to anyone with an interest in Jamaica and its colourful history. Co-published with the National Library of Jamaica and the Mill Press.

About David Buisseret

David Buisseret is Garrett Professor of History, University of Texas, Arlington. He has taught at a variety of institutions, including the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, from 1964 to 1980, and served as editor of the Jamaican Historical Review and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Author : David Buisseret
Publisher : University of the West Indies Press
Data Published : 01 February 2006
ISBN : 9766401667
EAN : 9789766401665
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 350 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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