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As Flies to Whatless Boys

by Robert Antoni Akashic Books (August 12, 2013)

Tragedy and humor meet in an adventure-packed, historical novel about a British incursion into the island of Trinidad in 1845.


God Carlos

by Anthony C. Winkler Akashic Books (September 04, 2012)

A provocative and persuasive historical novel exploring the Spanish brutality against native Indians in early-16th-century Jamaica.


The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic, 1500-2000

by Beatriz G. Mamigonian & Karen Racine Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2009)

Like snapshots of everyday life in the past, the compelling biographies in this book document the making of the Black Atlantic world since the sixteenth century from the point of view of those who were part...


The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade

by Barbara L. Solow & Dale Tomich Lexington Books (May 27, 2014)

The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade places the sugar/slave/plantation complex of the British West Indies at the center of the Atlantic trading system, uniting the economies of western Europe,...


The Night of the Rambler

by Montague Kobbé Akashic Books (August 12, 2013)

A gorgeously written and highly entertaining debut novel about a small island's struggle for independence from Britain.


The Economic Aspect of the Abolition of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery

by Eric Williams, Dale W. Tomich & William Darity Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 07, 2014)

Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry...


The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave Narrative

by Mary Prince Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Prince — a slave in the British colonies — vividly recalls her life in the West Indies, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her eventual escape in 1828 in England.


Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, and Freedom

by Celucien L. Joseph UPA (December 20, 2013)

Joseph investigates the intersections of history, literature, race, religion, decolonization, and freedom that led to the founding of the postcolonial state of Haiti in 1804. Topics range from Makandal’s postcolonial...


Mutiny!: The Real History of the H.M.S. Bounty

by Sir John Barrow Cooper Square Press (April 01, 2003)

The historic voyage of the H.M.S. bounty culminates in Fletcher Christian's mutiny against Captain Bligh.


Planning the Past: Heritage Tourism and Post-Colonial Politics at Port Royal

by Anita M. Waters Lexington Books (June 29, 2006)

Planning the Past studies the way a post-colonial society reconstructs its national history and grapples with its colonial past, specifically in Port Royal, a Jamaican village with a dramatic history of pirates,...


The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti

by Alex Dupuy & Franck Laraque Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 07, 2006)

This compelling book offers a comprehensive analysis of the struggle for democracy in Haiti, set in the context of the tumultuous rise and fall of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Written by one of the world's leading...


Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Darién J. Davis Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 21, 2006)

Beyond Slavery traces the enduring impact and legacy of the African diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean in the modern era. In a rich set of essays, the volume explores the multiple ways that Africans...


Race, Culture, and Identity: Francophone West African and Caribbean Literature and Theory from NZgritude to CrZolitZ

by Shireen K. Lewis Lexington Books (March 10, 2006)

In this groundbreaking book, Shireen Lewis gives a comprehensive analysis of the literary and theoretical discourse on race, culture, and identity by Francophone and Caribbean writers beginning in the early...


Negotiating Caribbean Freedom: Peasants and The State in Development

by Michaeline A. Crichlow Lexington Books (January 24, 2005)

Negotiating Caribbean Freedom examines how development programs in Jamaica lock the state and rural smallholders into a relationship that fulfills the agendas of both constituents. It further shows how development...


Real life in Castro's Cuba

by Catherine Moses Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 1999)

This new book provides a first-hand, grassroots look at life in Cuba, including very vivid descriptions of its people and places. Real Life in Castro's Cuba illuminates the human face of Cuba, which over the...


Caribbean Geography: A Scholarly Bibliography

by Thomas A. Rumney Scarecrow Press (May 18, 2012)

The lands and waters of the Caribbean region have stimulated an extensive body of research and writing across the many fields of geography. This book collects, organizes, and presents as many of these scholarly...


Free and French in the Caribbean: Toussaint Louverture, Aimé Césaire, and Narratives of Loyal Opposition

by John Patrick Walsh Indiana University Press (April 12, 2013)

In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aimé Césaire to examine how they conceived of and narrated two defining events in the decolonializing of the...


The Essential Pirate Anthology

by Robert Louis Stevenson eBookIt.com (March 07, 2013)

Compiled in one book, the essential collection of books about pirates:

Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy

The Madman and the Pirate- R.M. Ballantyne

Blackbeard Or, The Pirate of Roanoke.- B. Barker...


Black and White Sands: A Bohemian Life in the Colonial Caribbean

by Elma Napier Papillote Press (January 09, 2012)

Elma Napier's love affair with Dominica, then a British colony, began in 1932 when she turned her back on London's high society to build a home in a remote coastal village on that most mysterious and seductive...


Captured by Pirates

by John Richard Stephens, John Battis, Captain John Stairs & Captain Rufus Frink et al. Fern Canyon Press (March 06, 2013)

Pirates are primarily known for their swashbuckling attitudes, their freebooting lifestyle, their high-seas adventures and their stolen treasure, but their victims tend to be forgotten. These are the innocent...


Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

by Laurent Dubois Metropolitan Books (January 02, 2012)

A passionate and insightful account by a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of the country's devastating present back to its turbulent and traumatic history

Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed...


For Whom the Dogs Spy

by Raymond A. Joseph Arcade (January 06, 2015)

When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, Raymond Joseph, the former Haitian ambassador to the United States, found himself rushing back to his beloved country. The earthquake ignited a passion in Joseph, inspiring...


La isla de la fantasia

by Ed Morales Bold Type Books (November 04, 2019)

A crucial, clear-eyed accounting of Puerto Rico's 122 years as a colony of the US.

Since its acquisition by the US in 1898, Puerto Rico has served as a testing ground for the most aggressive and exploitative...


Provisions

by Michelle Rousseau & Suzanne Rousseau Da Capo Lifelong Books (October 29, 2018)

A lush, modern vegetarian cookbook celebrating the bold flavors and unique ingredients of the Caribbean

In Provisions, Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau share 150 recipes that pay homage to the meals and market...


War Against All Puerto Ricans

by Nelson A Denis Bold Type Books (April 06, 2015)

The powerful, untold story of the 1950 revolution in Puerto Rico and the long history of U.S. intervention on the island, that the New York Times says "could not be more timely." In 1950, after over fifty years...


The Half Has Never Been Told

by Edward E Baptist Basic Books (October 24, 2016)

A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of slaves

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution -- the nation's original sin, perhaps, but...


Goldeneye

by Matthew Parker Pegasus Books (March 15, 2015)

For two months every year, from 1946 to his death eighteen years later, Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye, the house he built on a point of high land overlooking a small white sand beach on Jamaica’s stunning...


The Golden Age of Piracy

by Benerson Little Skyhorse (October 04, 2016)

For thousands of years, pirates have terrorized the ocean voyager and the coastal inhabitant, plundered ship and shore, and wrought havoc on the lives and livelihoods of rich and poor alike. Around these desperate...


The Black Man on the Titanic

by Serge Bilé & Mirron Willis Blackstone Publishing (February 18, 2020)

Joseph Laroche was an anomaly among the passengers of the Titanic. He was exceptionally well-educated in a time when few black men had access to an education-and when even fewer were able to travel on a luxurious...


The Republic of Pirates

by Colin Woodard & Lewis Grenville Blackstone Publishing (May 01, 2007)

The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some...


A Small Place

by Jamaica Kincaid & Robin Miles Blackstone Publishing (October 25, 2016)

From the award-winning author of Annie John comes a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua.

"If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will...


Haiti

by Elizabeth Abbott Abrams Press (July 20, 2011)

Renowned author Elizabeth Abbott, who lived and wrote in Haiti, begins with the notorious Duvaliers--father and son--and explores their legacy to the present day. In 1803, the enslaved people of Haiti vanquished...


The Physical Geography of the West Indies

by Felix Leopold Oswald Lm Publishers (September 05, 2019)

This book deals with the Physical Geography of the West Indies. (With illustrations).

“The study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals has revealed facts almost as enigmatical as the origin...


If a Pirate I Must Be

by Richard Sanders Skyhorse (April 17, 2007)

In a page-turning tale brimming with adventure, author Richard Sanders tells of the remarkable exploits of Bartholomew Roberts (better known as Black Bart), the greatest of the Caribbean pirates. He drank tea...


The Atrocities of the Pirates

by Aaron Smith Skyhorse (March 09, 2011)

Originally published in 1824, this firsthand account describes how, in June 1822, young English seaman Aaron Smith was taken captive by Cuban pirates when his ship was boarded en route from Jamaica to England....


The Regulation of Religion and the Making of Hinduism in Colonial Trinidad

by Alexander Rocklin The University of North Carolina Press (February 07, 2019)

How can religious freedom be granted to people who do not have a religion? While Indian indentured workers in colonial Trinidad practiced cherished rituals, "Hinduism" was not a widespread category in India...


Igniting the Caribbean's Past

by Bonham C. Richardson The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

Unlike the earthquakes and hurricanes that have influenced Caribbean history, the region's fires have almost always been caused by humans. Geographer Bonham C. Richardson explores the effects of fire in the...


In the Forests of Freedom

by Lennox Honychurch Papillote Press (October 17, 2017)

The Maroons (escaped slaves) of Jamaica are famous. Not so the Maroons of another Caribbean island - Dominica, also a former British colony. Dominica?s Maroons once controlled much of this wild and mountainous...


Tropical Idolatry

by R. L. Green Lexington Books (June 15, 2018)

In Tropical Idolatry, R.L. Green examines how thinkers within the Society of Jesus attempted to convert indigenous peoples of New Spain, the Philippine Islands, and the Mariana Islands to Catholicism during...


No Limits to Their Sway

by Edgardo Perez Morales Vanderbilt University Press (April 10, 2018)

Following the 1808 French invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, an unprecedented political crisis threw the Spanish Monarchy into turmoil. On the Caribbean coast of modern-day Colombia, the important port town...


Borderline Citizens

by Robert C. McGreevey Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Borderline Citizens explores the intersection of US colonial power and Puerto Rican migration. Robert C. McGreevey examines a series of confrontations in the early decades of the twentieth century between colonial...


Provisions

by Michelle Rousseau & Suzanne Rousseau Da Capo Press (October 30, 2018)

A lush, modern vegetarian cookbook celebrating the bold flavors and unique ingredients of the Caribbean

In Provisions, Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau share 130 recipes that pay homage to the meals and market...


The Beckoning Tide: Holidays in Mayaro

by Robin Mohamid Robin Mohamid (January 05, 2018)

When Robin Mohamid’s mother passed away he was overcome with nostalgia for his childhood in Trinidad. The memories that came flooding back to him of holidays spent at Mayaro Beach with his family were instrumental...


Rainy Season: Haiti-Then and Now

by Amy Wilentz Simon & Schuster (July 24, 2012)

Considered the best book ever written about Haiti, now updated with a New Introduction, "After the Earthquake," features first hand-reporting from Haiti weeks after the 2010 earthquake.

Through a series of personal...


Tourism and Language in Vieques

by Luis Galanes Valldejuli Lexington Books (December 06, 2017)

After more than sixty years of occupation by the U.S. Navy and intensive community struggles, the Puerto Rican island of Vieques was finally returned to civilian control in 2003. But, as this book documents,...


Historical Dictionary of Haiti

by Michael R. Hall Scarecrow Press (January 12, 2012)

The Historical Dictionary of Haiti covers the history of Haiti starting in 1492 with the initial discovery of the island Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic to the present day. The dictionary itself contains...


The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624

by Peter C. Mancall Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press (January 15, 2018)

In response to the global turn in scholarship on colonial and early modern history, the eighteen essays in this volume provide a fresh and much-needed perspective on the wider context of the encounter between...


State and Revolution in Cuba

by Robert Whitney The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Between 1920 and 1940, Cuba underwent a remarkable transition, moving from oligarchic rule to a nominal constitutional democracy. The events of this period are crucial to a full understanding of the nation's...


The Struggle for Democratic Politics in the Dominican Republic

by Jonathan Hartlyn The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2017)

Over the past several decades, the Dominican Republic has

experienced striking political stagnation in spite of dramatic

socioeconomic transformations. In this work, Jonathan Hartlyn

offers a new explanation for...


American Baroque

by Molly A. Warsh Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press (March 20, 2018)

Pearls have enthralled global consumers since antiquity, and the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella explicitly charged Columbus with finding pearls, as well as gold and silver, when he sailed westward in...