The Caribbean in the Wider World, 1492-1992: A Regional Geography

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 16, 1992 - History - 235 pages
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The Caribbean was Europe's first colony, its landscapes transformed to produce tropical staples and its decimated aboriginal populace replaced with African slaves. As European power has waned in the Caribbean, it has been replaced by the geopolitical domination of the United States. Professor Richardson examines this colonization and recolonization of the Caribbean during the past half millennium, portraying a region victimized by natural hazards, soil erosion, overpopulation and gunboat diplomacy. Most importantly, he explains the ways in which Caribbean peoples have reacted and adapted to their external influences. No other single survey of the region provides equivalent breadth--ranging from aboriginal ecologies to today's narcotic traffic--or harnesses so effectively elements of the past to illuminate the present.
 

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Contents

The creation of the Caribbean
1
A colonized environment
13
The physical background
15
PreColumbian ecology
20
Spanish transformations
24
The great clearing
28
The geographical legacy
34
Plantations and their peoples to 1900
38
Minerals
115
Industry
120
Tourism
124
The narcotics traffic
127
Human migrations
132
The evolution of a regional migration tradition
134
Twentiethcentury migrations
138
Migrations effects in the Caribbean
148

Plantation fields and factories
40
Trade war and politics
50
Slavery and the slave trade
62
Emancipation and its aftermath
70
The American century
78
The Caribbean rim of Central America
81
Domination of the Greater Antilles
83
Revolutionary Cuba and the United States
90
Military intervention in the Dominican Republic
94
The Grenada invasion
96
The Caribbean Basin Initiative
101
Economic dependency
106
Subsistence production versus cash cropping
109
The drift to Caribbean cities
152
Resistance and political independence
158
Resisting slavery
161
The Haitian revolution
165
Insurgency in the Greater Antilles
170
Riots trade unions and political independence in the British Caribbean
178
Towards a geography of Caribbean nationhood
184
Caribbean control of Caribbean lands
187
The regional vision
191
Coping with the wider world
199
Were in nobodys backyard
205
Bibliography
208
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About the author (1992)

Bonham C. Richardson is professor emeritus of geography at Virginia Tech and now lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is author of several books on the Caribbean, including "The Caribbean in the Wider World, 1492-1992".

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