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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Do not think , ' he wrote to the Minister of Marine on August 2 , 1802 , ' of establishing slavery here for some time . The restoration of slavery in Guadeloupe tore the veil away from his hypocritical assurances to the people of Saint ...
He wrote : ... When to my native Land ( After a whole year's absence ) I return'd I found the air yet busy with the stir Of a contention which had been rais'd up Against the Traffickers in Negro blood , An effort , which though baffled ...
On hearing the news of the Guiana revolt , the Governor of Barbados wrote confidențially to the Secretary of State for the Colonies : ' Now the ball has begun to roll , nobody can say when or where it is to stop .
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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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