From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean,

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


10 thoughts on “From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969

  1. says:

    I went to Puerto Rico for New Years in 2007 to visit a friend from college I went expecting to see something familiar, something like the United States, orlike Florida, or evenlike the neighborhood in the Bronx I lived one summer But it was clearly very different from all of those, very much


  2. says:

    This book is dense A comprehensive history of the Caribbean that feels like a course in Caribbean history I took over 3 months to complete this book but that saysabout my reading habits than it does about how enjoyable this book is Beginning with Columbus westward expedition, Williams tells t


  3. says:

    Millions upon millions of people descend on the Caribbean every year for vacations on cruises or to spend all their time at hermetically sealed resorts in places like Jamaica, the Dom Rep as Germans call it , Cuba or the Virgin Islands Escapism from their everyday worlds is paramount sun, wate


  4. says:

    The history of the sugar industry and slave trade really framed most of the history of the Caribbean In that sense, this book was really right on the money It includes everything you ever wanted to know about the two industries and how they influenced the development of the region However, this


  5. says:

    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 reallyimportant than gold I don t tend to write a lot of reviewsoften than not, I generally feel that the indicator is


  6. says:

    This historical work by Eric Williams is a gift to the peoples of the Caribbean With careful and measured prose and extensive historical details, Williams writes with great love but clear headed analysis regarding the history of his own people and their neighbors Of course, his assessment of the


  7. says:

    The ex PM of Trinidad and Tobago from independence in 1962 till his death in 1981 wrote what I believe is still an excellent history of the development of the Caribbean states literally as the book s title suggests While Williams is seeing most of the development of these now nations through a Mar


  8. says:

    From Columbus to Castro The History of the Caribbean 1492 1969 by Eric Williams, former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, is one of the best books I have ever read in my life.Eric Williams led his country as Prime Minister from 1962 until his death in 1981, and wrote this book in 1971 Eric Wil


  9. says:

    A powerful work that vividly portrays the brutality inflicted first on the Taino victims of the conquest and later on the African slaves imported to work the sugar plantations and Asians brought over on term labor agreements after emencipation The book provides the economic, political and social for


  10. says:

    Eric Williams belongs to the group of Marxist historians His remarkable work offers the reader deep analysis of Carribean from Colombus to Castro However, he points out mainy mainly economic matters with strong aspect of colonialism Carribean is highly connected with fruits, sugar and thus is oriente


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