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Minehead and the West Indies

Minehead harbour and its roundhead

In the 17th and early 18th centuries Minehead's extensive overseas trade embraced the West Indies and the names of Barbados and Jamaica were associated with the lucrative tobacco trade as well as more mundane cargoes like cured herring and potatoes. The downside was piracy and shipwreck and some Minehead men faced death far from home.

Content derived from research undertaken as part of the Victoria County History project

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Early Modern (1485-1750)