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William Beckford: First Prime Minister of the London Empire

Perry Gauci


This biography of William Beckford provides a unique look at eighteenth-century British history from the perspective of the colonies. Even in his own time, Beckford was seen as a metaphor for the dramatic changes occurring during this era. He was born in 1709 into a family of wealthy sugar planters living in Jamaica, when the colonies were still peripheral to Britain. By the time he died in 1770, the colonies loomed large and were considered the source of Britain's growing global power. Beckford grew his fortune in Jamaica, but he spent most of his adult life in London, where he was elected Lo ... More

Keywords: eighteenth-century British history, colonies, global power, Jamaica, Lord Mayor, empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300166750
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300166750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Perry Gauci, author