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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At the same time , an import duty of five per cent plus a sales tax of ten per cent were levied at Seville on goods from the New World , all going to the Crown . In 1566 the almojarifazgo was increased to five per cent in ...
Five years later the colonial duty was reduced by fifty per cent . In 1672 Colbert instructed the Governor of Martinique to make every effort to convince the planters of the advantage to be gained from refining their sugar : ' you know ...
Only one in four Puerto Ricans over 10 years of age could speak English , as compared with one in five in 1930. Two out of every five Puerto Ricans in urban areas could speak English , as compared with one in five in rural areas .
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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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