Thursday, November 28, 2013

Jamaican Chocolate

Thomas Gage was instrumental in making a new confection made from cacao known in England and provided English readers with information on other delectable products and resources available in the islands.   His fabulous tales helped to foment the passion for adventure that launched the Anglo-Spanish war.  “The Spanish lore transmitted to England by reconciled recusants became an abiding cultural concern of colonial promoters upon England's acquisition of cacao-producing Jamaica later in the century.”