Myths and Realities of Caribbean History

Myths and Realities of Caribbean History

by Basil A. Reid
     
 

ISBN-10: 0817355340

ISBN-13: 9780817355340

Pub. Date: 04/28/2009

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

This book seeks to debunk eleven popular and prevalent myths about Caribbean history. Using archaeological evidence, it corrects many previous misconceptions promulgated by history books and oral tradition as they specifically relate to the pre-Colonial and European-contact periods. It informs popular audiences, as well as scholars, about the current state of

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This book seeks to debunk eleven popular and prevalent myths about Caribbean history. Using archaeological evidence, it corrects many previous misconceptions promulgated by history books and oral tradition as they specifically relate to the pre-Colonial and European-contact periods. It informs popular audiences, as well as scholars, about the current state of archaeological/historical research in the Caribbean Basin and asserts the value of that research in fostering a better understanding of the region’s past.
 
Contrary to popular belief, the history of the Caribbean did not begin with the arrival of Europeans in 1492. It actually started 7,000 years ago with the infusion of Archaic groups from South America and the successive migrations of other peoples from Central America for about 2,000 years thereafter. In addition to discussing this rich cultural diversity of the Antillean past, Myths and Realities of Caribbean History debates the misuse of terms such as “Arawak” and “Ciboneys,” and the validity of Carib cannibalism allegations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817355340
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Series:
Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,007,266
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Myth 1 Caribbean History Started with the Arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 1

Myth 2 The Arawaks and Caribs Were the Two Major Groups in the Precolonial Caribbean 11

Myth 3 Columbus Met Arawaks in the Northern Caribbean 49

Myth 4 The Natives Encountered by Christopher Columbus in the Northern Caribbean Migrated from South America 58

Myth 5 The Arawaks Were the First Potters and Farmers to Have Settled in the Caribbean 75

Myth 6 The Ciboneys Lived in Western Cuba at the Time of Spanish Contact 83

Myth 7 The Island-Caribs Were Cannibals 88

Myth 8 All the Amerindians Migrating from South America to the Caribbean Island-Hopped from the Continent to the Lesser and Greater Antilles 100

Myth 9 The Spanish Introduced Syphilis into the Caribbean and the New World 111

Myth 10 Christopher Columbus Wrote the Version of His Diario (Diary) That We Use Today 117

Myth 11 The Spanish Colonists Brought "Civilization" to Native Societies in the Caribbean 121

Conclusion 129

Glossary 131

References Cited 137

Index 151

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