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From Columbus to Castro

Eric Williams

From Columbus to Castro

From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean is about 30 million people scattered across an arc of islands–Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Trinidad, among others–separated by the language 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.

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