A Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present

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Facts On File, 1999 - History - 415 pages
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Since Columbus landed in the Bahamas 500 years ago, the history of the Caribbean has been marked by European domination and the ongoing struggle of both native and immigrant islanders for political and economic autonomy. Over the centuries, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Britain, and the United States have vied for sovereignty over the islands and their rich resources, and all have left their indelible mark on the peoples and cultures they touched. Taking this heritage into account, and beginning with the first known Caribbean islanders - the Arawak and the Carib - A Brief History of the Caribbean traces the complex and ever-changing course of events in the region, with in-depth coverage of the social, economic, and political factors that have shaped its history.

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Describing the great earthquake of 1692 that sunk Port Royal, Jamaica as "a fitting punishment for the new Sodom" doesn't seem quite like an objective history...what's wrong with whoring and pirates?Still...I did get to learn about the Alco, small Arawak dogs that couldn't bark. Read full review

A brief history of the Caribbean: from the Arawak and the Carib to the present

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Offered as a brief history of a diverse and intriguing region, this work is a veritable sourcebook of information about the Caribbean, ranging from the climate to vegetation to colonial history to ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

JAN ROGOZINSKI, who holds a Ph.D. in social and cultural history from Princeton University, is the author of Caste, Power, and Law: Social Conflict in Fourteenth-Century Montpellier.

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