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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Therefore , inevitably , monopoly became the core of the Spanish colonial system in the Caribbean . The Caribbean colonies became a royal monopoly and the Caribbean Sea became mare clausum , the closed sea , closed to all but Spanish ...
When , with the accession of Charles V , Spanish interests became subordinate to those of the Hapsburg empire , sailings to the New World were authorised from a number of other ports , Corunna , Bayona , Aviles , Laredo , Bilbao , San ...
Amsterdam , the capital of the Netherlands , built on herrings , sugar and spice , became the Wall Street of the seventeenth century , a ' golden swamp with heaven's plenitude replete , storehouse of east and west , all water and all ...
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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
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