Barbados and Jamaica were Britain’s major sugar islands, but smaller islands like Antigua also produced sugar for British markets. Based on a 1746 map by Robert Baker, the island’s surveyor general, this version was republished for a French audience. The map reflects the intense competition between the French and British in the West Indies sugar trade. The map depicts roads (colored yellow) crisscrossing the island, while sugar mills powered by wind and cattle (colored red) dot the landscape. On the northern coast of the island, the area labeled “Royal’s Bay” indicates where the Royall family of Medford, Massachusetts owned a sugar plantation.
From the Library of the Ducs de Luynes from the Château de Dampierre.
This map can be viewed as a georeferenced overlay in an interactive application made especially for We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence. View the application here.
The physical item is not available at the Boston Public Library.