Resources

Caribbean history resources, references, and further reading

Caribbean history is full of important events. For those who would like to learn a more than is provided in this guide, there are plenty of books which will allow you to further expand your knowledge.

Some of the best books, including those that were heavily relied upon in preparing this guide to the region's history, are as follows:

A Brief History of the Caribbean by Jan Rogozinsky: A history of the Caribbean, with detailed information on modern politics - the latter part of the 20th century - with a particular focus on the recent politics of the British islands. Covers the Caribbean's history beginning with the Taíno and Carib.

From Columbus to Castro by Eric Williams: A topical history of the Caribbean, sections are divided by theme. Williams lends a personal touch as the former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

History of Jamaica by Clint V. Black: Jamaica's from the time of the Taíno to the island's independence. This discussion includes many ways in which Jamaica took part in Caribbean and world history.

Puerto Rico: A Political and Cultural History by Arturo Morales Carrión: Puerto Rico's history told comprehensively through the 20th century. This text keeps a special eye on cultural contexts in history.

The Taínos: Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus by Irving Rouse: The Taíno culture has been important in the Caribbean, and this anthropological study of these earliest Caribbean settlers. It includes information from the tribes that passed through the islands before the Taínos up through Columbus' discovery and Spanish settlement.

A Traveler's Guide to Caribbean History by Don & Dene Dachner: A guide to Caribbean history with an eye for travelers' most pertinent information. This brief history is arranged in two sections, with both a general overview and an island-specific overview.

A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny by Mark Kurlansky: A social and historical history of the Caribbean, this book compares and contrasts islands. Commentary includes important recent events like the rise of the tourist industry and the spread of AIDS.

Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolome de Las Casas: For those looking for firsthand information about the Spanish arrival in the Caribbean, Bartolome de Las Casas wrote a number of essays and other works during the period. He was the foremost defender of the Taíno during the earliest exploration and settlement, and his works have been translated to English.

A Traveller's History of the Caribbean by James Ferguson: A history of the Caribbean aimed at travelers, it briefly covers everything from the earliest arrivals through Columbus and the modern era.

Women in Caribbean History: The British-Colonised Territories Ed. by Verene A. Shepherd: An academic look at Caribbean women, with a focus on the slave women, but information on the European, Chinese, and Indian settlers of the islands as well. Concentrates on the English-speaking islands.

 

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