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 plebeian , the peon , received a peonia , a modest grant of land , together with gifts of wheat , corn and cattle . The noblemen , the caballero , received a caballeria ( which has since become the standard Cuban measure ) ...
At the end of the term the servant was free and generally received a grant of land , from three to five acres . The system became one of the chief means of recruiting labour , skilled as well as unskilled . For example , one Jacques ...
He had won a competition for a plan for the Philadelphia Library , founded by Benjamin Franklin , which still stands today though used for other purposes , and had received a gold medal from the American Philological Society for his ...
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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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