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Much has been written of the beauty and glamour of the West Indies; of the wars between Britain, France, and Spain, in which the islands were the prize; of the settlers who went out to make their fortunes in the cultivation of sugar and of spices; of the Slave Trade and Emancipation. Little has hitherto been known of the towns which the colonists built or of the houses in which they lived. In Treasure in the Caribbean: A First Study of Georgian Buildings in the British West Indies, author A. W. Acworth shows how the settlers adapted the Georgian architecture with which they were familiar to the conditions and demands of the tropics; and how they developed a style as individual as the colonial architecture of their countrymen in the American Colonies farther north. This book takes the reader on an extended tour which begins in Jamaica, proceeds through the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, and ends in Barbados. The peculiarities of the buildings in each island are considered in the light of its historical, economic, and social circumstances. Though this book is concerned with buildings, it is with buildings in a particularly exotic setting, and the reader is fully aware of the background of burning sunlight and drooping palms and the persistent menace of hurricanes and earthquakes. Treasure in the Caribbean has 36 pages of text followed by 60 photographic plates on 32 pages, many showing buildings that have been demolished since the book's publication.