During the 18th century, the Caribbean was a theatre of war for a series of conflicts between Europe’s major powers. The events of this period forced the British Army to develop new strategies and tactical approaches to combat in the region.
In this talk, David Wells will reflect on the actions of the British Army at this time. He will consider how the everyday hazards faced by British troops eventually led to the recruitment of soldiers from the Caribbean itself, ultimately resulting in the formation of the West India Regiments.
David Wells has worked for the West India Committee for several years, contributing to several publications on the Caribbean’s relations with Britain.