From Columbus to Castro: the history of the Caribbean, 1492-1969

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Vintage Books, 1984 - History - 576 pages
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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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Review: From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969

User Review  - Travis Neal - Goodreads

Williams is clearly on top of his research here. What is missing, however, is what makes a good history which is also what makes good fiction: invention. The statistics are important, but there needs ... Read full review

Review: From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969

User Review  - Eve - Goodreads

Although not a conventional "beach read," former Prime Minster of Trinidad and Tobago Eric Williams's history of the Caribbean was brisk and comprehensive, especially if you skim the too many chapters ... Read full review


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Eric Williams was Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from their achievement of independence in 1962 until his death in 1981. He is the author of the classic Capitalism and Slavery.

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