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In this comprehensive volume, Moya Pons explores the history, context, and consequences of the major changes that marked the Caribbean between Columbus' initial landing and the Great Depression. He investigates indigenous commercial ventures and institutions, the rise of the plantation economy in the 16th century, and the impact of slavery. He discusses the slave revolts and struggles for independence, seen by European landowners not as a matter of human or political rights but as an expensive interruption to their profit flow. History of the Caribbean traces the fate of a group of small islands whose natural resouces transformed them first into some of the wealthiest places on earth and then into some of the poorest.
This book intertwines the socioeconomics of the Caribbean with Atlantic history in a captivating narrative that will fascinate a general audience and provide new insights for specialists.
Posted February 13, 2008
Among the many histories of the Caribbean in the market, this is the first one that clearly explains the role of the Caribbean in the shaping of the Atlantic economy, as well as the linkages of the region with Colonia North America. The role of the sugar plantations in integrating the Caribbean into a single, functional, economic entity is described very accurately. The bibliographical essay is simply unparalleled.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.