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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According to the English political scientist , James Harrington , the Dutch sweated more gold than the Spaniards were able to dig ; in the words of another contemporary , they sucked honey , like the bee , from all parts .
In 1662 the Dutch had from 100 to 120 large vessels engaged in trade with the French West Indies ; the total trade of these islands employed 150 vessels , of which only three or four were French . They imported into the islands ...
His aim was to exclude the Dutch from French colonial trade , ' even to chase them from the West Indies entirely , ' he wrote in 1670 to one of the colonial governors , “ if it can be done without openly violating our treaties ...
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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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