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By Alec Waugh

First released in 1964, this e-book tells how what Columbus begun in 1492 was once entire in 1898, whilst the purple and gold flag was once decreased 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. lots of the islands replaced fingers once or more. Europe came across the delights of espresso, tea and cocoa; sugar boomed; fortunes have been made and misplaced; the slave exchange flourished. yet after the Napoleonic Wars prosperity receded, the sense of right and wrong of the realm aroused from sleep and slavery was once abolished, finishing the halcyon days of ecu colonialism within the Indies.

A kin of Islands is stuffed with marvelous 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 choked with tales approximately witch medical professionals and obeah spells and the unspeakable abominations of the slave alternate.

With a definite feel of the interesting, Alec Waugh has written a perceptive and unique account of the background and humanity of a brilliant a part of the realm the place existence could be as tranquil as a sunbeam or as tumultuous as a hurricane.

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