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The Point Is to Change the World

by Andaiye & Alissa Trotz

Radical activist, thinker, and comrade of Walter Rodney, Andaiye was one of the Caribbean?s most important political voices. For the first time, her writings are published in one collection. Through essays,...


The Physical Geography of the West Indies

by Felix Leopold Oswald

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...


Jump Up!

by Ray Allen

Jump Up! Caribbean Carnival Music in New York City is the first comprehensive history of Trinidadian calypso and steelband music in the diaspora. Carnival, transplanted from Trinidad to Harlem in the 1930s and...


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

by Alexander Rocklin

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...


White Fury

by Christer Petley

The sugar planter Simon Taylor, who claimed ownership of over 2,248 enslaved people in Jamaica at the point of his death in 1813, was one of the wealthiest slaveholders ever to have lived in the British empire....


Borderline Citizens

by Robert C. McGreevey

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...


Caribbean Masala

by Dave Ramsaran & Linden F. Lewis

In 1833, the abolition of slavery in the British Empire led to the import of exploited South Asian indentured workers in the Caribbean under extreme oppression. Dave Ramsaran and Linden F. Lewis concentrate...


Tropical Idolatry

by R. L. Green

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

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...


The Caribbean

by Jacob Gelt Dekker

Refreshing and educational narrative history

After a life-changing diagnosis, Dutch entrepreneur Jacob Gelt Dekker decides to take a step into the unknown. Setting sail from his home in Key West, he embarks on...


American Baroque

by Molly A. Warsh

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...


The Indian Caribbean

by Lomarsh Roopnarine

This book tells a distinct story of Indians in the Caribbean--one concentrated not only on archival records and institutions, but also on the voices of the people and the ways in which they define themselves...


The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624

by Peter C. Mancall

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...


Children of Uncertain Fortune

by Daniel Livesay

By tracing the largely forgotten eighteenth-century migration of elite mixed-race individuals from Jamaica to Great Britain, Children of Uncertain Fortune reinterprets the evolution of British racial ideologies...


The Beckoning Tide: Holidays in Mayaro

by Robin Mohamid

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...


Tourism and Language in Vieques

by Luis Galanes Valldejuli

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,...


State and Revolution in Cuba

by Robert Whitney

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

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...


In the Forests of Freedom

by Lennox Honychurch

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...


American Tropics

by Megan Raby

Biodiversity has been a key concept in international conservation since the 1980s, yet historians have paid little attention to its origins. Uncovering its roots in tropical fieldwork and the southward expansion...