Cottrell, Major Peter (Gentleman Volunteer late of the Royalist Army Staff of the Sealed Knot Society)
The English Civil War Society Of America (2000)
In ‘The Cousins’ Wars’ Kevin Phillips pointed out that the English Civil War was not a distant war in a foreign land but one that affected the ‘Old Country’ which still had enormous emotional, family and economic ties for the 40,000 or so colonists living in English North America. Consequently, it was almost inevitable that civil war would eventually find its way across the Atlantic to the New World.
Unsurprisingly, when war finally came to the colonies in 1644 it came from the sea. The North American colonies were heavily dependent upon maritime trade with England and as London was also the centre of the centre of the trans-Atlantic tobacco and sugar trade Royalist planters in the Caribbean, Virginia and Maryland had little alternative than to do business with the Parliament.