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

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Meridian, 1992 - History - 324 pages
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This comprehensive volume takes the reader and student through more than five hundred years of Caribbean history, beginning with Columbus's arrival in the Bahamas in 1492. A Brief History of the Caribbean traces the people and events that have marked this constantly shifting region, encompassing everything from economic booms and busts to epidemics, wars, and revolutions, and bringing to life such important figures as Sir Francis Drake, Blackbeard, Toussaint Louverture, Fidel Castro, the Duvaliers, and Jean-Bertrand Aristide.This superbly written history, revised and updated, with new chapters that reflect the islands' most recent social, economic, and political developments, is a work of impeccable scholarship. Featuring maps, charts, tables, and photographs, it remains the ideal guide to the region and its people.

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User Review  - MatthewHittinger - LibraryThing

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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A freelance writer specializing in historical and technical subjects, Jan Rogozinski holds a Ph.D. in social and cultural history from Princeton University.

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