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The Caribbean in the Wider World, 1492-1992 : A Regional Geography - Bonham C. Richardson

The Caribbean in the Wider World, 1492-1992

A Regional Geography

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1992
ISBN: 9780521351867
Number Of Pages: 254

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On the eve of the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus's epic voyage, this major new textbook survey explains how the region's present geography is intimately tied to the past. 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 As European power has waned in the Caribbean, it has been replaced by the geopolitical domination of the United States.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 colonisation and recolonisation of the Caribbean during the past half millennium, portraying a region victimised by natural hazards, soil erosion, over population 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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'A pleasure to read, Richardson's book is an important contibution to the geographical literature on the Caribbean, one which deserves to be read by all who have an interest in the region.' Caribbean Geography ' ... highly original synthesis and interpretation of regional history, regional social and economic trends, and, regional environmental issues. The book is stimulating, well-crafted and the author's style is lucid and refreshingly free from technical jargon and stodgy prose ... highly recommended.' Caribbean Review of Books

List of maps and tablesp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
The creation of the Caribbeanp. 1
A colonized environmentp. 13
The physical backgroundp. 15
Pre-Columbian ecologyp. 20
Spanish transformationsp. 24
The great clearingp. 28
The geographical legacyp. 34
Plantations and their peoples to 1900p. 38
Plantation fields and factoriesp. 40
Trade, war, and politicsp. 50
Slavery and the slave tradep. 62
Emancipation and its aftermathp. 70
The American centuryp. 78
The Caribbean rim of Central Americap. 81
Domination of the Greater Antillesp. 83
Revolutionary Cuba and the United Statesp. 90
Military intervention in the Dominican Republicp. 94
The Grenada invasionp. 96
The Caribbean Basin Initiativep. 101
Economic dependencyp. 106
The agricultural dilemma: Subsistence production versus cash croppingp. 109
Mineralsp. 115
Industryp. 120
Tourismp. 124
The narcotics trafficp. 127
Human migrationsp. 132
The evolution of a regional migration traditionp. 134
Twentieth-century migrationsp. 138
Migration's effects in the Caribbeanp. 148
The drift to Caribbean citiesp. 152
Resistance and political independencep. 158
Resisting slaveryp. 161
The Haitian revolutionp. 165
Insurgency in the Greater Antillesp. 170
Riots, trade unions, and political independence in the British Caribbeanp. 178
Towards a geography of Caribbean nationhoodp. 184
Caribbean control of Caribbean landsp. 187
Overcoming insularity: The regional visionp. 191
Coping with the wider worldp. 199
"We're in nobody's backyard"p. 205
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780521351867
ISBN-10: 0521351863
Series: Geography of the World-Economy (Cambridge Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 31st January 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.54