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

by Jan Rogoziński

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What I like most about this book is the thorough coverage of the interaction between aboriginal and various European peoples. Rogozinski describes the plight of the Awawak and Carrib, the original discovery and settlement by Spain, and the continuous shifts in power that ensued over the following four hundred years. Covering that many islands over such a time period makes this a survey course. There were dozens of dictators that came and went, too often in extreme cycles of grabbing power only to be eventually deposed. Some of the larger islands with resources were able to maintain long periods of authoritarian or socialist rule. Many of the smaller islands subsisted on basic agriculture, tourism, and banking. ( )
  jpsnow | Mar 18, 2011 |
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. ( )
  MatthewHittinger | Dec 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452281938, Paperback)

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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This comprehensive volume takes the reader and student through more than 500 years of Caribbean history, beginning with Columbus's arrival in the Bahamas in 1492. The 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.… (more)

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