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William BeckfordFirst Prime Minister of the London Empire$
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Perry Gauci

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166750

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166750.001.0001

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Fitting In

Fitting In

(p.51) Chapter Three Fitting In
William Beckford

Perry Gauci

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the difficulties faced by Beckford as he endeavored to fit into metropolitan society. Regardless of the recent success of the West India lobby in Parliament, and for all his personal advancement in Jamaican society, he knew that he would face obstacles along the way. His arrival back in Britain coincided with a key juncture, when other West Indian settlers also found opportunity to make an impact in the mother country. While the success of the plantation system would provide the greater sugar magnates with the financial clout to relocate to Britain, it remained to be seen whether political advancement or social acceptance would be accorded to Beckford and his fellow Creoles. His experiences over the ensuing decade highlighted the differences that remained between colonial and metropolitan cultures, however much white Caribbeans sought to model themselves on the British.

Keywords:   metropolitan society, West India lobby, plantation system, greater sugar magnates, political advancement, social acceptance, Creoles

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