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The Loss of Eldorado: A History (original 1984; edition 1970)

by Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

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The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History by V. S. Naipaul (1984)

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An very interesting account of the history of Trinidad starting with it's conquest by the Spanish who thought it to be the land of El Dorado. One wonders what course the history of Latin America would have taken had the moors not left Spain. Obviously not having learnt their lessons as the colonized, they decided to be twice as harsh as colonizers, imposing a very harsh slavery influenced pecking order. International bandits like Pizarro, cortez and their equally vile english counterpart Walter Raleigh paved the way for the colonization, subjugation and ultimately the demise of entire races.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
An very interesting account of the history of Trinidad starting with it's conquest by the Spanish who thought it to be the land of El Dorado. One wonders what course the history of Latin America would have taken had the moors not left Spain. Obviously not having learnt their lessons as the colonized, they decided to be twice as harsh as colonizers, imposing a very harsh slavery influenced pecking order. International bandits like Pizarro, cortez and their equally vile english counterpart Walter Raleigh paved the way for the colonization, subjugation and ultimately the demise of entire races.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
A highly detailed and dramatic history of Trinidad and Venezuela from the beginnings of European colonialism through the dynamics of the era of slavery, and finishing with the drab ending that abolition brought. Naipaul illuminates the horrors and every-day brutality of slave life but also shows the absurd convolutions denial of the same brought to this Caribbean society and frequently transmitted back to the colonial nations. ( )
  scottapeshot | Mar 30, 2013 |
really spooky... dense
  Katong | Apr 16, 2012 |
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My ancestors began to go from India to Trinidad about a hundred years ago. (foreword)
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Focusing on the early 19th century, when British occupants inflicted a reign of terror on the island's black population, V.S. Naipaul's recreation of the history of Trinidad exposes the barbaric cruelties of slavery and torture and their consequences on all strata of society - from the idealist to the reactionary - in an account which penetrates aspects of a complex society.

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'The Loss of El Dorado' exposes the barbaric cruelties of slavery and torture and their consequences on all strata of society - from the idealist to the reactionary - in a moving account which penetrates often-overlooked aspects of a complex society.

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