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 eighteenth - century sugar plantation was larger than its predecessor in the seventeenth . A census was made in 1753 of the parish of St. Andrew , the richest of the twenty parishes of Jamaica . The total number of plantations was ...
United States consumption of sugar increased from 282,764 tons in 1861 to 2,499,281 tons in 1897 ; per capita consumption rose from 18 to 78 pounds . In 1865 the United States consumed 14 per cent of the world's total production of ...
Four large American corporations dominated the sugar industry which totalled 7,600 farms , 166 over 500 acres . These 166 farms comprised half a million acres or two - thirds of the total included in sugar - cane farms throughout the ...
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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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