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  - J-kwon Stanley - Goodreads

Picked up this book at a book fair for five dollars. I had just finished The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, and a book on the Caribbean seemed like a good transition. I never realized how ignorant I ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Thomas Sr. - Goodreads

Why do so many Puerto Ricans still speak Spanish? Why is the Caribbean economy still developing? Why was there so much interest and warfare regarding these small islands? Was sugar really more ... 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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