The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 38, Issue 1

Article 3
Corsican Traders at Saint Thomas, Crossroads of the Caribbean

Birgit Sonesson


This is a study in the migration and business history of the island of Saint Thomas during the nineteenth century. Taking the cases of several Corsican traders it examines in detail the development of their careers and the roles of an itinerant life, their business connections, family formation, and links to Corsica, in retaining their sense of identity and success in a new environment The decision by some to move on to new locations in response to changes in the international markets and communications networks demonstrates their skills. Opportunity and adaptation are two key themes of their stories.