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As a record of sugar houses, refineries and the merchants who owned them this is a competent booklet which relies heavily on the archives of the Merchant Venturers and makes them easily available to study. There is some useful information on the commercial pressures of the move towards larger ports elsewhere, the risks of fire in the trade and how wars, economic instability, the industrialisation of processing and consumption shaped production. However this is a very partial book which gives ...more