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Ships, Sugar and Slavery: Catholics, Provisioning and Eighteenth-Century Cork

O'Brien, G (2023) Ships, Sugar and Slavery: Catholics, Provisioning and Eighteenth-Century Cork. Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 38 (1). pp. 111-129. ISSN 0790-7915

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Cork was a thriving city in the eighteenth century. The city’s wealth was largely dependent on the sea, not so much on what could be fished from it, but what could be traversed across it. The exportation of beef, butter, and pork across the Atlantic played a significant role in facilitating the slave trade. However, Cork connections to slavery did not just come in the form of provisioning the plantations and the slave-ships; a number of families with close business and familial ties to Cork were also plantation owners in the West Indies. Many of the merchants and plantation owners were Catholic. Indeed, by the early 1770s half of the top ten exporters of butter and beef from Cork were Catholic. This article explores the connections between Catholic families in Cork and the slave trade. It examines the transnational links that bound families and friends together, links which were often fused by trade partnerships, marriage, and religion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2023 09:19
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2023 09:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.3828/eci.2023.8
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19186

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