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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In 1517 the first asiento , or contract , was arranged for the importation of four thousand Negroes in eight years into the West Indies . In 1523 the King ordered the provision of another four thousand into all the Spanish dominions ...
Four departments of France in that year , with 457 beet factories ( four - fifths of the French total ) producing 32 million kilogrammes of beet sugar ( two - thirds of French production ) counted 2,800,000 persons , paid 17 million ...
In Puerto Rico the sugar advocates pleaded that an acre of sugar cane would buy , at retail prices , about four acres of sweet potatoes , yams , or white potatoes , about five acres of coffee , about six acres of dried beans , about ...
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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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