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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First , the colonies were necessary to the building up of French trade . Secondly , the colonies were the exclusive property of the metropolitan country . Thirdly , colonial interests must be subordinated to those of the metropolitan ...
Adam Smith had argued that one reason for French superiority was that the capital which went to improve the French colonies , particularly Saint - Domingue , was raised almost entirely from the produce of the soil and industry of the ...
The French colonies , in addition , were the principal market for French manufactures . French colonial imports employed 164,081 tons of shipping , navigated by 33,400 seamen ; British West Indian imports 148,176 tons of shipping ...
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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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