Empire S Crossroads

Empire s Crossroads
Publisher Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release Date
Category History
Total Pages 480
ISBN 9780802192356
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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A “wide-ranging, vivid” narrative history of one of the most coveted and complex regions of the world: the Caribbean (The Observer). Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers. In Empire’s Crossroads, British American historian Carrie Gibson offers a panoramic view of the region from the northern rim of South America up to Cuba and its rich, important history. After that fateful landing in 1492, the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, and even the Swedes, Scots, and Germans sought their fortunes in the islands for the next two centuries. These fraught years gave way to a booming age of sugar, horrendous slavery, and extravagant wealth, as well as the Haitian Revolution and the long struggles for independence that ushered in the modern era. Gibson tells not only of imperial expansion—European and American—but also of life as it is lived in the islands, from before Columbus through the tumultuous twentieth century. Told “in fluid, colorful prose peppered with telling anecdotes,” Empire’s Crossroads provides an essential account of five centuries of history (Foreign Affairs). “Judicious, readable and extremely well-informed . . . Too many people know the Caribbean only as a tourist destination; [Gibson] takes us, instead, into its fascinating, complex and often tragic past. No vacation there will ever feel quite the same again.” —Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars and King Leopold’s Ghost

Empire s Crossroads
  • Author : Carrie Gibson
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2014-11-11

A “wide-ranging, vivid” narrative history of one of the most coveted and complex regions of the world: the Caribbean (The Observer). Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition

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El Norte
  • Author : Carrie Gibson
  • Publisher : Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-05

Because of our shared English language, as well as the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the United States has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. However, as Carrie Gibson explains with great depth and clarity in El Norte, the nation has

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The Sugar Barons
  • Author : Matthew Parker
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2011-08-23

To those who travel there today, the West Indies are unspoiled paradise islands. Yet that image conceals a turbulent and shocking history. For some 200 years after 1650, the West Indies were the strategic center of the western world, witnessing one of the greatest power struggles of the age as Europeans made

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A Concise History of the Caribbean
  • Author : B. W. Higman
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-12-13

A Concise History of the Caribbean presents a general history of the Caribbean islands from the beginning of human settlement about seven thousand years ago to the present. It narrates processes of early human migration, the disastrous consequences of European colonization, the development of slavery and the slave trade, the

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Island People
  • Author : Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-11-22

A masterwork of travel literature and of history: voyaging from Cuba to Jamaica, Puerto Rico to Trinidad, Haiti to Barbados, and islands in between, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of each society, its culture and politics, connecting this region’s common heritage to its fierce grip on the world’

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Port Royal  Jamaica
  • Author : Michael Pawson,David Buisseret
  • Publisher : University of West Indies Press
  • Release Date : 2000

Read online Port Royal Jamaica written by Michael Pawson,David Buisseret, published by University of West Indies Press which was released on 2000. Download full Port Royal Jamaica Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Author : Edward Kritzler
  • Publisher : Aurum Press
  • Release Date : 2014-04-04

At the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition forced many Jews to flee the country. The most adventurous among them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish

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American Baroque
  • Author : Molly A. Warsh
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2018-03-20

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 1492. American Baroque charts Spain's exploitation of Caribbean pearl fisheries to trace the genesis of its maritime empire. In the 1500

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A Brief History of the Caribbean
  • Author : Jan Rogozinski
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008-06-26

Traces the events that have shaped the history of the Caribbean islands in the five hundred years since the arrival of Columbus.

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Letter of Christopher Columbus to Rafael Sanchez
  • Author : Christopher Columbus
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1893

Read online Letter of Christopher Columbus to Rafael Sanchez written by Christopher Columbus, published by which was released on 1893. Download full Letter of Christopher Columbus to Rafael Sanchez Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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The Caribbean
  • Author : Stephan Palmié,Francisco A. Scarano
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-29

Combining fertile soils, vital trade routes, and a coveted strategic location, the islands and surrounding continental lowlands of the Caribbean were one of Europe’s earliest and most desirable colonial frontiers. The region was colonized over the course of five centuries by a revolving cast of Spanish, Dutch, French, and

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The Confounding Island
  • Author : Orlando Patterson
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-12

Orlando Patterson returns to Jamaica, his birthplace, to reckon with its history and culture. Locals claim to be some of the world’s happiest people, and their successes in music and athletics are legendary. Yet the country remains violent and poor. In Jamaica the dilemmas of globalization and postcolonial politics

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In the Forests of Freedom
  • Author : Lennox Honychurch
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2019-08-01

In this detailed, brilliantly researched book, historian Lennox Honychurch tells the enthralling and previously untold story of how the Maroons of Dominica challenged the colonial powers in a heroic struggle to create a free and self-sufficient society. The Maroons, runaways who escaped slavery, formed their own community on the Caribbean

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Routes and Roots
  • Author : Elizabeth DeLoughrey
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release Date : 2009-12-31

Elizabeth DeLoughrey invokes the cyclical model of the continual movement and rhythm of the ocean (‘tidalectics’) to destabilize the national, ethnic, and even regional frameworks that have been the mainstays of literary study. The result is a privileging of alter/native epistemologies whereby island cultures are positioned where they should

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Hubs of Empire
  • Author : Matthew Mulcahy
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2014-11-03

This volume is an ideal introduction to the complex and fascinating history of colonies too often neglected in standard textbook accounts.

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