The British Caribbean World: Barbados
Here the author engages the reader in a discussion about the “Myth of the Dutch” and the “Sephardic Moment” and the impact of the English Trade and Navigation Act of 1651 on trade and sugar production in Barbados. Historical accounts of the “Sugar Revolution” in Barbados in the mid-seventeenth century held that the Dutch played an important role. In Sweet Negotiations (2006), Menard disputes the long-held view and demonstrates that investment in land and slaves derived from English sources, not from Dutch investments. From a different point of view, Schreuder draws attention to the Amsterdam sugar market and the role of the Sephardic merchant network in the Atlantic sugar trade. Meanwhile, the navigation acts ensured that sugar was channeled through London rather then delivered directly to Amsterdam.