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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The yield was slightly more than one ton of sugar per acre and per worker , less than 250 tons of sugar per factory , 240 acres of cane per plantation . Barbados ' exports of 50,958 tons , produced by 47,045 workers in 440 factories on ...
Nearly 75 per cent of the sugar cane farms in Puerto Rico had less than 10 acres in cane ; these farms represented merely 6 per cent of the total acreage in cane . Farms with less than 25 acres in cane were 86 per cent of all sugar ...
Whereas in 1932–1933 40 per cent of the field workers and 10 per cent of the factory workers received less than 75 cents a ... a study made by the School of Tropical Medicine indicated an annual income for workers of less than $ 120 .
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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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