9780452281936

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780452281936

  • ISBN10:

    0452281938

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/1/2000
  • Publisher: Plume

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
vii
List of Maps
ix
Preface xi
PART ONE THE CARIBBEAN UNDER SPANISH RULE
The Enduring Environment and the First Islanders
3(19)
Discovery of the Islands
22(12)
Pirates Fight for Spanish Gold
34(11)
Spain's Caribbean Colonies
45(14)
PART TWO NORTHERN EUROPEANS COME TO STAY
The Dutch Empire
59(8)
Settlement of the Lesser Antilles
67(18)
The Buccaneers of Jamica, Saint-Domingue, and the Bahamas
85(10)
War and Piracy, 1665-1720
95(12)
PART THREE THE SUGAR EMPIRE
Sugar Rules the Islands
107(18)
The World of the Slaves
125(18)
England and France Struggle to Control the Islands
143(11)
Runaways and Rebels
154(25)
PART FOUR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY AND THE CHALLENGES OF FREEDOM
The British Colonies
179(20)
The Spanish Islands Fight for Freedom
199(11)
Hispaniola and the Leeward Islands
210(15)
PART FIVE POVERTY AND PROGRESS IN THE CARIBBEAN SINCE 1914
Cuba During the 20th Century
225(29)
The Dominican Republic and Haiti
254(24)
Colonialism's Mixed Blessings
278(31)
The British Colonies Gain Independence
309(15)
Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and the Bahamas Since Independence
324(23)
The English-Speaking Eastern Caribbean States
347(20)
Appendix: Maps 367(15)
Notes 382(8)
Suggestions for Further Reading 390(10)
Photo Credits 400(3)
Index 403

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