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 1882 Cuba's production was nearly nineteen times the exports of Jamaica , nearly five times those of British Guiana , almost double those of the British West Indies , nearly six times the combined exports of Martinique and Guadeloupe ...
The four American companies held nearly one - quarter of all the cane land in the island and nearly one - half of all the land held in plantations . Central Aguirre owned nearly 25,000 acres and leased a further 18,000 .
total assets of nearly $ 30 million , of which over 60 per cent was in land , buildings , equipment . The Punta Alegre Company , with assets of $ 194 million , had over 75 per cent in plants , railroads , land .
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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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