First published in 1774, Edward Long's The History of Jamaica covers the island's history from the first occupation by European settlers in 1655 until shortly before its publication.
It marked the first occasion that an extended historical narrative had been undertaken by an author with a prolonged association with the island.
More than just a social and political history, Long's trilogy offers readers detailed practical advice for life on the island, covering everything from the start-up requirements for a plantation to the tastiest fish. Of particular interest to a contemporary audience is the extensive information about slavery, from the cost of owning a slave to rules governing slaves and slave owners. This new edition, with an introduction by Howard Johnson, makes Long's classic work available once again.