From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969
From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean is about 30 million people scattered across an arc of islands -- Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Trinidad, among others-separated by the languages and cultures of their colonizers, but joined together, nevertheless, by a common heritage. For whether French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, or-latterly-American, the nationality of their masters has made only a notional difference to the peoples of the Caribbean. The history of the Caribbean is dominated by the history of sugar, which is inseparable from the history of slavery; which was inseparable, until recently, from the systematic degradation of labor in the region. Here, for the first time, is a definitive work about a profoundly important but neglected and misrepresented area of the world.
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Whilst Jamaica forged ahead , Barbados , the jewel of the seventeenth century , lagged behind . In 1736 Barbados produced 22,769 hogsheads of sugar , 17,416 tons . For the years 1740 to 1748 the annual average declined to 13,948 ...
Barbados ' exports , produced in 440 factories , could have been produced in twenty Cuban factories ; Jamaica's ... However superior British Guiana and Trinidad might appear as compared with Barbados and Jamaica , the fact of the matter ...
Barbados was adamant - no Federation . Conrad Reeves made this absolutely clear in a speech in the Assembly in May 1876. He spoke as follows : ' ... We do not admit any pretensions in the direction of Crown Colony Government .
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History buffUser Review - 1commonsense - Overstock.com
Very incisive analysis of the Whys & the Wheres of Caribbean cultures Read full review
Review: From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969User Review - Ken Angle - Goodreads
Among the saleant points; a needed documentation of slavery. Eric Williams points out the enormity of the issue that still has legacy in our society. He gives numbers that should stagger white and black alike. Read full review
Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of the West Indies
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