The Significance of the English Conquest of Jamaica for Early American History

It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of the Caribbean to early American history or the history of the early United States, though we all but ignore it in our standard histories

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In 1655, a massive expeditionary force sent out by Oliver Cromwell to conquer all of the Spanish West Indies seized only the modest prize of the island of Jamaica. Popularly assessed to have been a failure at the time, this conquest nonetheless had, as Pestana demonstrates, major consequences for England, the Atlantic World and particularly for the colonies in North America that would go on to become the United States.


Colonial Naval and Maritime

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