Elevation and Plan of an Improved Sugar Mill

A plate from Bryan Edwards, ‘The history, civil and commercial, of the British colonies in the West Indies’ (3rd edition, London, 1801).

Sugar was the main crop of the Caribbean islands. Sugar plantations were more than just large farms. In fact, they more closely resembled the huge manufacturing operations and industrial factories that developed in Britain in the 19th century.
Sugar was grown and harvested on the plantations, but it was also processed and packaged in the sugar works before being shipped to Britain, where it was refined and subsequently sold, or re-exported to Europe.

Object Details

ID: ZBA2524
Collection: Fine art; Special collections
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Woollery, Edward; Woollery, Edward
Date made: circa 1800
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; Enslavement and Resistance
People: Woollery, Edward
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Measurements: Mount: 484 mm x 319 mm;Platemark: 227 mm x 175 mm;Sheet: 260 mm x 209 mm

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