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I am intrigued by the seemingly minor aspects of history which take on disproportionate influence when we look at the concentric rings that are sent out by a small island or tiny group of people.
Sugar did change the world. Not the commodity we think little of today, but the highly sought after luxury of centuries past. Military action, murder, intrigue, colonization and the enslavement of communities all resulted from the economic power of those who controlled the plantations.
This book is a bit drier than others on similar topics and there are times when it seems to represent the worst of school textbooks with lists of names and dates. But the story itself and the decades it covers are full of pirates, family feuds and licentious behavior, so it could not be called boring.
The narrator is fine - he does not intrude on the book, but does not particularly add anything to it. Nothing wrong - a few place and family names are pronounced differently than I am used to, but I will not claim that he is wrong and I am right as I do not know for certain.
If this is a subject you enjoy, I found Nathaniel's Nutmeg (by Giles Milton - not available on Audible) and Salt (by Mark Kurlansky - available here) to be more engaging. But this is far from a bad book and deserves its place on the shelf of those who find the history of trivial items to be eventful and enlightening.
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Way before Barbados and Jamaica were destinations for sun 'n fun, they were major producers of sugar cane. This is the story of how the sugar industry was built, mostly on the backs of slave labor. Solid narration too.
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