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By Alec Waugh

ISBN-10: 1448200458

ISBN-13: 9781448200450

ISBN-10: 1522696598

ISBN-13: 9781522696599

First released in 1964, this ebook tells how what Columbus all started in 1492 used to be accomplished in 1898, while the purple and gold flag was once diminished at Havana to mark the top of 4 centuries of Spanish dominance within the Caribbean.

For and a part centuries after the Pope divided the realm among Spain and Portugal, the navies of england, France, Spain and infrequently the Netherlands fought within the Caribbean. many of the islands replaced palms once or more. Europe came upon the delights of espresso, tea and cocoa; sugar boomed; fortunes have been made and misplaced; the slave alternate flourished. yet after the Napoleonic Wars prosperity receded, the sense of right and wrong of the realm woke up and slavery used to be abolished, finishing the halcyon days of eu colonialism within the Indies.

A relations of Islands is stuffed with significant humans: Drake, Hawkins, Raleigh, Philip II of Spain, Elizabeth I; Henry Morgan, the pirate who used to be later knighted and made governor of Jamaica; Haiti's tragic trio: Toussaint L'Ouverture, Dessalines and Henri Christophe. it truly is filled with tales approximately witch medical professionals and obeah spells and the unspeakable abominations of the slave exchange.

With a yes experience of the fascinating, Alec Waugh has written a perceptive and unique account of the background and humanity of a vibrant a part of the area the place existence will be as tranquil as a sunbeam or as tumultuous as a hurricane.

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