The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 36, Issue 2

Article 1
Richard B. Sheridan: The Making of a Caribbean Economic Historian

Howard Johnson


This essay assesses the contribution of Richard Sheridan to the historiography on the Caribbean, and especially to the study of the region’s economic and medical history. It indicates that Sheridan was a pioneer in both of these fields. His most well-known work, Sugar and Slavery, reprinted recently by Canoe Press University of the West Indies, is still widely used by teachers and students and remains arguably the most important study of the economic history of the British West Indies in the eighteenth century.