The Caribbean
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The Caribbean

A Brief History

Gad Heuman

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A Brief History

Gad Heuman

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In this new edition of his crucial introduction to Caribbean history, Gad Heuman provides a comprehensive overview of the region's history, from its earliest inhabitants to contemporary political and cultural developments. Topics covered include: - The Amerindians
- Sugary and Slavery
- Race, Racism and Equality
- The Aftermath of Emancipation
- The Revolutionary Caribbean
- Cultures of the Caribbean
- Contemporary Themes This third edition has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the literature, and takes into account important recent events including the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba, the ongoing problem of climate change and the threat of the Zika virus. The companion website, which includes chapter questions, a primary documents bibliography, a timeline and link to relevant websites, has also been updated with new material. The book considers not only the political and social struggles that have shaped the Caribbean, but also provides a sense of the development of the region's culture. The Caribbean: A Brief History is ideal for all students seeking a clear and readable introduction to Caribbean history. Companion Website: https://www.bloomsbury.com/cw/the-caribbean/

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Year
2018
ISBN
9781350036949
Edition
3
4
THE 
CARIBBEAN
Moreover, 
they 
spoke 
languages 
based 
on 
a 
single 
language 
family 
known 
as 
Arawakan. 
The 
now-dated 
description 
of 
these 
people 
as 
Arawak 
comes 
from 
the 
confusion 
of 
using 
their 
language 
to 
name 
the 
people.
The 
most 
developed 
of 
these 
societies 
emerged 
after 
about 
AD 
600 
in 
Hispaniola 
and 
Puerto 
Rico. 
They 
called 
themselves 
Tainos 
and 
used 
that 
name 
to 
describe 
themselves 
to 
Columbus 
and 
those 
that 
followed 
him. 
We 
therefore 
use 
the 
term 
Taino 
to 
describe 
the 
people 
who 
predominated 
in 
the 
Greater 
Antilles. 
For 
the 
Amerindians 
themselves, 
Taino 
meant 
good 
or 
noble. 
From 
about 
AD 
1100 
onwards, 
the 
Tainos 
in 
the 
more 
densely 
populated 
islands 
moved 
away 
from 
societies 
organized 
along 
tribal 
lines 
to 
societies 
characterized 
by 
chiefdoms 
or 
cacicazgos
. 
The 
leaders 
of 
these 
societies 
were 
known 
as 
chiefs 
or 
caciques
. 
One 
of 
the 
leading 
specialists 
on 
the 
Amerindians, 
Jalil 
Sued-Badillo, 
suggests 
that 
there 
was 
a 
direct 
relationship 
between 
population 
size 
and 
social 
complexity. 
This 
meant 
that 
in 
densely 
populated 
islands 
such 
as 
FIGURE 
1.2
Taino 
religious 
object, 
1200‚Äď1492¬†
AD. 
Source:
National 
Museum 
of 
the 
American 
Indian, 
Smithsonian 
Institution 
(5/3753). 
Photo 
by 
David 
Heald.

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