Best Jamaica Caribbean & West Indies History Books

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1. A Small Place

Author: by Jamaica Kincaid
Published at: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0374527075

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A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua-by the author of Annie John”If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V.C.

Bird International Airport.Vere Cornwall (V.C. Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him-why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument.

You are a tourist and you have not yet seen .. .”So begins Jamaica Kincaid’s expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up. Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies.


2. Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War

Author: by Vincent Brown
Published at: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press; Illustrated edition (January 14, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0674737570

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Finalist for the 2020 Cundill History PrizeWinner of the Phillis Wheatley Book AwardA CounterPunch Best Book of the YearA gripping account of the largest slave revolt in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world, an uprising that laid bare the interconnectedness of Europe, Africa, and America, shook the foundations of empire, and reshaped ideas of race and popular belonging.

In the second half of the eighteenth century, as European imperial conflicts extended the domain of capitalist agriculture, warring African factions fed their captives to the transatlantic slave trade while masters struggled continuously to keep their restive slaves under the yoke.

In this contentious atmosphere, a movement of enslaved West Africans in Jamaica (then called Coromantees) organized to throw off that yoke by violence. Their uprisingwhich became known as Tacky’s Revoltfeatured a style of fighting increasingly familiar today: scattered militias opposing great powers, with fighters hard to distinguish from noncombatants.


3. From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969

Author: by Eric Williams
Published at: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (April 12, 1984)
ISBN: 978-0394715025

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The first of its kind, From Columbus to Castro is a definitive work about a profoundly important but neglected and misrepresented area of the world. Quite simply it’s about millions of people scattered across an arc of islands – Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Trinidad, among others – separated by the languages and cultures of their colonizers, but joined together, nevertheless, by a common heritage.


4. Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780-1840

Author: by Rana A. Hogarth
Published at: University of North Carolina Press; Illustrated edition (October 9, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1469632872

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In 1748, as yellow fever raged in Charleston, South Carolina, doctor John Lining remarked, “There is something very singular in the constitution of the Negroes, which renders them not liable to this fever.” Lining’s comments presaged ideas about blackness that would endure in medical discourses and beyond.

In this fascinating medical history, Rana A. Hogarth examines the creation and circulation of medical ideas about blackness in the Atlantic World during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She shows how white physicians deployed blackness as a medically significant marker of difference and used medical knowledge to improve plantation labor efficiency, safeguard colonial and civic interests, and enhance control over black bodies during the era of slavery.

Hogarth refigures Atlantic slave societies as medical frontiers of knowledge production on the topic of racial difference. Rather than looking to their counterparts in Europe who collected and dissected bodies to gain knowledge about race, white physicians in Atlantic slaveholding regions created and tested ideas about race based on the contexts in which they lived and practiced.


5. The Mother of Us All: A History of Queen Nanny, Leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons

Author: by Karla Gottlieb
Published at: Africa World Pr (September 1, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0865435650

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The author analyzes the importance of Queen Nanny from cultural, military, historical, and religious point of view. This book marks an attempt to integrate a key figure of New World history into her rightful place as the leader of a critical resistance movement in Jamaica in the first part of the 18th century.


6. Provisions: The Roots of Caribbean Cooking — 150 Vegetarian Recipes

Author: by Michelle Rousseau
Published at: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Illustrated edition (October 30, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0738234670

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A lush, modern vegetarian cookbook celebrating the bold flavors and unique ingredients of the Caribbean In Provisions, Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau share 150 recipes that pay homage to the meals and market produce that have been farmed, sold, and prepared by Caribbean people – particularly the women – for centuries.

Caribbean food is often thought of as rustic and unrefined, but these vibrant vegetarian dishes will change the way we think about this diverse, exciting, and nourishing cuisine. The pages are spiced with the sisters’ fond food memories and fascinating glimpses of the islands’ histories, bringing the region’s culinary past together with creative recipes that represent the best of Caribbean food today.

With a modern twist on traditional island ingredients and flavors, Provisions reinvents classic dishes and presents innovative new favorites, like Ripe Plantain Gratin, Ackee Tacos with Island Guacamole, Haitian Riz Djon Djon Risotto, Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Flatbread, and Caramelized Fennel and Grilled Green Guava with Mint.


7. The Story of the Jamaican People

Author: by Philip Manderson Sir Sherlock
Published at: Ian Randle Publishers; First Paperback Edition (February 28, 1998)
ISBN: 978-9768100306

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The Story of the Jamaican People is the first general history of Jamaica to be written in almost 40 years. It differs significantly from earlier “imperial” histories which have been written from the perspective of the coloniser and which have relegated Jamaicans to an inferior and passive role.

In this book, the authors offer a new interpretation of Jamaica’s history. The central theme is the long struggle of the African-Jamaican against subjugation, injustice, economic deprivation and the fight for full freedom. Sherlock and Bennett recount the epic resistance to slavery; from the acts of sabotage on the estates, the legendary exploits of Maroon heroes Cudjoe, Nanny and Tacky, to the final blow delivered by Sam Sharpe which ended slavery in Jamaica.

An underlying theme throughout the book is the centrality of Africa, the original homeland of the African-Jamaican. The memory of Africa’s ancient civilisations, its diverse tribes, languages, cultures and religions, sustained the African-Jamaican throughout slavery and remains a positive influence on modern-day Jamaican culture.


8. Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire

Author: by Tom Zoellner
Published at: Harvard University Press; Illustrated edition (May 12, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0674984301

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A National Book Critics Circle Award FinalistTom Zoellner tells the story of Sam Sharpe’s revolution manqu, and the subsequent abolition of slavery in Jamaica, in a way that’s acutely relevant to the racial unrest of our own time. Island on Fire is impeccably researched and seductively readable.

Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ RisingFrom a New York Times bestselling author, a gripping account of the slave rebellion that led to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. For five horrific weeks after Christmas in 1831, Jamaica was convulsed by an uprising of its enslaved people.

What started as a peaceful labor strike quickly turned into a full-blown revolt, leaving hundreds of plantation houses in smoking ruins. By the time British troops had put down the rebels, more than a thousand Jamaicans lay dead from summary executions and extrajudicial murder.

While the rebels lost their military gamble, their sacrifice accelerated the larger struggle for freedom in the British Atlantic. The daring and suffering of the Jamaicans galvanized public opinion throughout the empire, triggering a decisive turn against slavery. For centuries bondage had fed Britain’s appetite for sugar.


9. DK Eyewitness Caribbean (Travel Guide)

Author: by DK Eyewitness
Published at: DK Eyewitness Travel; Illustrated edition (December 17, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0241368886

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Escape to islands infused with vivacious culture. Whether you want to join the world’s biggest street party in Trinidad, cruise around the Virgin Islands or admire Havana’s yesteryear architecture, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that the Caribbean has to offer.

The Caribbean conjures up images of white-sand beaches shaded by palms and lapped by crystal seas. But these immensely varied islands offer so much more – from rainforest hikes to colonial-era sights, creole flavours to reggae rhythms. Our regularly updated guide brings the Caribbean to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography, and our trademark illustrations.

You’ll discover: – our pick of the Caribbean’s must-sees, top experiences, and hidden gems- the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay – detailed maps and walks which make navigating the region easy- easy-to-follow itineraries- expert advice: get ready, get around, and stay safe- color-coded chapters to every part of the Caribbean, from Cuba to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica to Barbados- our new lightweight format, so you can take it with you wherever you goJust visiting Cuba?

10. Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World

Author: by Londa Schiebinger
Published at: Stanford University Press; 1st edition (July 25, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1503602915

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In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die. The history of medicine bristles with attempts to find new and miraculous remedies, to work with and against nature to restore humans to health and well-being. In this book, Londa Schiebinger examines medicine and human experimentation in the Atlantic World, exploring the circulation of people, disease, plants, and knowledge between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

She traces the development of a colonial medical complex from the 1760s, when a robust experimental culture emerged in the British and French West Indies, to the early 1800s, when debates raged about banning the slave trade and, eventually, slavery itself.

Massive mortality among enslaved Africans and European planters, soldiers, and sailors fueled the search for new healing techniques. Amerindian, African, and European knowledges competed to cure diseases emerging from the collision of peoples on newly established, often poorly supplied, plantations.

11. A Sail of Two Idiots: 100+ Lessons and Laughs from a Non-Sailor Who Quit the Rat Race, Took the Helm, and Sailed to a New Life in the Caribbean

Author: by Renee Petrillo
Published at: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1st edition (April 6, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0071779845

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It was the best of dreams, it was the worst of dreams, it was an age of consulting the nautical experts, it was the age of landlubber foolishness, it was the epoch of determination, it was the epoch of despair, it was the season of hurricanes, it was a spring of beachcombing If you dream about chucking it all away and sailing toward an island life, read this first Renee and Michael didn’t have any boating experience and when their plans to remedy that fell through the two had to learn everything the hard way.

Despite themselves they managed to get from Miami to Grenada, eventually dropping the anchor of their cruising catamaran at the island of their dreams. Determined to save future sailors from themselves, A Sail of Two Idiots includes lessons Renee and Michael learned and shares them with you as examples of what and what not to do.

This a how-to guide wrapped in a funny storykind of like getting your serving of vegetables from a slice of pizza. Read this and make your dream of sailing away a reality. Includes: What Broke? Sections explores the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of a cruising multihull “Island section provide assessments of the islands of the Caribbean

12. The Rastafarians: Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Author: by Leonard E. Barrett
Published at: Beacon Press; 20th edition (December 12, 1997)
ISBN: 978-0807010396

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The classic work on the history and beliefs of the Rastafarians, whose roots of protest go back to the seventeenth-century maroon societies of escaped slaves in Jamaica. Based on an extensive study of the Rastafarians, their history, their ideology, and their influence in Jamaica, The Rastafarians is an important contribution to the sociology of religion and to our knowledge of the variety of religious expressions that have grown up during the West African Diaspora in the Western Hemisphere.

13. The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament

Author: by Orlando Patterson
Published at: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press; Illustrated edition (November 12, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0674988057

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The preeminent sociologist and National Book Awardwinning author of Freedom in the Making of Western Culture grapples with the paradox of his homeland: its remarkable achievements amid continuing struggles since independence. There are few places more puzzling than Jamaica. Jamaicans claim their home has more churches per square mile than any other country, yet it is one of the most murderous nations in the world.

Its reggae superstars and celebrity sprinters outshine musicians and athletes in countries hundreds of times its size. Jamaica’s economy is anemic and too many of its people impoverished, yet they are, according to international surveys, some of the happiest on earth.

In The Confounding Island, Orlando Patterson returns to the place of his birth to reckon with its history and culture. Patterson investigates the failures of Jamaica’s postcolonial democracy, exploring why the country has been unable to achieve broad economic growth and why its free elections and stable government have been unable to address violence and poverty.

14. A History of the Virgin Islands of the United States

Author: by Isaac Dookhan
Published at: University Press of the West Indies (January 1, 1994)
ISBN: 978-9768125057

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15. A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia

Author: by Richard S. Dunn
Published at: Harvard University Press; 1st Printing edition (November 4, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0674735361

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Forty years ago, after publication of his pathbreaking book Sugar and Slaves, Richard Dunn began an intensive investigation of two thousand slaves living on two plantations, one in North America and one in the Caribbean. Digging deeply into the archives, he has reconstructed the individual lives and collective experiences of three generations of slaves on the Mesopotamia sugar estate in Jamaica and the Mount Airy plantation in tidewater Virginia, to understand the starkly different forms slavery could take.

Dunn’s stunning achievement is a rich and compelling history of bondage in two very different Atlantic world settings. From the mid-eighteenth century to emancipation in 1834, life in Mesopotamia was shaped and stunted by deadly work regimens, rampant disease, and dependence on the slave trade for new laborers.

At Mount Airy, where the population continually expanded until emancipation in 1865, the surplus slaves were sold or moved to distant work sites, and families were routinely broken up. Over two hundred of these Virginia slaves were sent eight hundred miles to the Cotton South.

16. An Historical Survey of the the Island of Saint Domingo, Together with an Account of the Maroon Negroes in the Island of Jamaica: And a History of the … the Several Islands of St. Vincent, Anti

Author: by Bryan Edwards
Published at: Forgotten Books (April 21, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0260056320

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Excerpt from An Historical Survey of the the Island of Saint Domingo, Together With an Account of the Maroon Negroes in the Island of Jamaica: And a History of the War in the West Indies, in 1793, and 1794; Also, a Tour Through the Several Islands of St. Vincent, Antigua, Tobago, and Grenada, in the Years 1791 and 1792 0 this new and additional Volume of the Hifiory of the Weft Indies, it was the imten tion of the Author to prefix a Preface, touching Jeveny fource of additional intelligence, every rectifi cation: of error, and the general completion of his views, in furniihing every document of commerce, of policy; and of natural’hifiory, as connected with the countries and the people he defcribes.

He had carefully re’vifed and corrected the text of his Book, preparatory to fuch ef’ay, developing the 1cheme of its conrution, and the philofophy of i s contents. But death interrupted the defign; and ere the lafi fheet was revifed from the preis, -bryan edwards was no more!

He had long infi’ered Irom the diforder which brought him to the. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.Find more at www.Forgottenbooks. Com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work.