Scottish history is not so sweet when it comes to slavery

Repeating Islands

West Indies, Antilles Islands, slaves working in sugar cane mill[Many thanks to Dale Battistoli for sharing links to this article.] This post about the colonial Scottish presence in Suriname, is a shortened version of an academic article (see links below). David Worthington (Head of the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands)explores Scottish participation in the slave plantation economy in this Caribbean South American country.

Our modern relationship with sugar is a less than happy one: an obesity crisis, mounting queues for dental surgery and a tax hike attest to that. But there was a time in Scotland’s past when there was an even less appealing aspect to it and not just for health reasons.

“Ball of suggar”, “candied bread suggar”, “pouder sugar”, “panellis sugar”, “licorish ball” and “confected candie”. These strange-sounding items were the more exclusive, tooth-decaying treats to enter the diets of the richer members of Highland and Moray society in the 1680s…

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