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Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492-1763
     

Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492-1763

by Philip P. Boucher
 

Philip Boucher analyzes the images—and the realities—of European relations with the people known as Island Caribs during the first three centuries after Columbus. Based on literary sources, travelers' observations, and missionary accounts, as well as on French and English colonial archives and administrative correspondence, Cannibal Encounters

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Philip Boucher analyzes the images—and the realities—of European relations with the people known as Island Caribs during the first three centuries after Columbus. Based on literary sources, travelers' observations, and missionary accounts, as well as on French and English colonial archives and administrative correspondence, Cannibal Encounters offers a vivid portrait of a troubled chapter in the history of European-Amerindian relations.

Editorial Reviews

William and Mary Quarterly - Peter Hulme
Welcome evidence that historians are willing to rewrite the history of the colonial era in the Caribbean with a clearer eye to the part the indigenous population played.

Magill Book Reviews - Ethan Casey
Boucher’s research is thorough and his contribution to the historiography of the Caribbean and of colonialism is valuable.

English Historical Review - Kenneth Morgan
An intelligent, well-informed discussion of French and English contacts with Island Caribs in the West Indies from the pre-colonial era until the end of the Seven Years War.

Journal of American History - Jalil Sued-Badillo
A new and important contribution to the efforts of historians and anthropologists to understand the history of the Caribs.

Journal of Interdisciplinary History - William F. Keegan
A lucid and terse examination of direct interactions between Island Caribs and Europeans in the Lesser Antilles, and the indirect influence of literary images of Island Caribs (and other Native Americans) on the emergence of Western philosophical traditions.

American Historical Review
A strong contribution to our understanding of the interplay not only between France and Britain in the struggle for the Antilles but also between the colonizers and the indigenous people fighting to maintain their independence from both European powers.

William and Mary Quarterly
Welcome evidence that historians are willing to rewrite the history of the colonial era in the Caribbean with a clearer eye to the part the indigenous population played.

— Peter Hulme

Magill Book Reviews
Boucher’s research is thorough and his contribution to the historiography of the Caribbean and of colonialism is valuable.

— Ethan Casey

English Historical Review
An intelligent, well-informed discussion of French and English contacts with Island Caribs in the West Indies from the pre-colonial era until the end of the Seven Years War.

— Kenneth Morgan

Journal of American History
A new and important contribution to the efforts of historians and anthropologists to understand the history of the Caribs.

— Jalil Sued-Badillo

Journal of Interdisciplinary History
A lucid and terse examination of direct interactions between Island Caribs and Europeans in the Lesser Antilles, and the indirect influence of literary images of Island Caribs (and other Native Americans) on the emergence of Western philosophical traditions.

— William F. Keegan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801843655
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Series:
Johns Hopkins Studies in Atlantic History and Culture
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.83(d)

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Robert A. Myers

No one has mined the French National Archives to this extent on this topic. Boucher renders valuable information accessible to English readers.

Robert A. Myers, Alfred University

Meet the Author

Philip P. Boucher is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and author of France and the American Tropics to 1700: Tropics of Discontent? also published by Johns Hopkins.

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