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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We have detailed estimates of the cost of a Jamaican plantation of three hundred acres , producing from thirty to fifty hogsheads , that is , from 24 to 40 tons of sugar a year . The land cost three pounds an acre , and a further five ...
Lestiboudois calculated in 1839 that the food of the Negro slave cost on an average ten centimes a day , whereas the French worker spent 184 centimes on bread alone . For 3,500 francs one could clothe 150 slaves for a year , at an ...
... ( b ) by the end of 1965 work would commence on a steel mill with capacity of 1.3 million tons to cost $ 150 million ; ( c ) a motor vehicle assembly plant to cost $ 90 million ; ( d ) a big ammonia plant to cost $ 54 million .
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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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