Cover image for A brief history of the Caribbean : from the Arawak and the Carib to the present
A brief history of the Caribbean : from the Arawak and the Carib to the present
Rogoziński, Jan.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 415 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
F1621 .R72 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Traces the events that have shaped the history of the Caribbean islands in the five hundred years since the arrival of Columbus.

Author Notes

Jan Rogozinski holds a Ph.D. in social and cultural history from Princeton University. He is a freelance writer.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Offered as a brief history of a diverse and intriguing region, this work is a veritable sourcebook of information about the Caribbean, ranging from the climate to vegetation to colonial history to politics. The book, in five parts, covers Spanish rule, the northern European influence, the sugar empire, independence, and post-World War I development. Textual clarity, access to straightforward tables covering primarily demographic information, and various statistics will prove useful to the reader looking for a ready reference source. The author delivers on his claim to provide analysis as well as description, and the general reader will find many interesting interpretations and much data. Highly recommended for all libraries.-- Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans, La. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Robozi'nski defines Caribbean exclusively as islands; the mainland is omitted. The opening chapter examines indigenous inhabitants and the Spanish discovery, conquest, and colonial system, "politically correctly." Other Chapters deal with the northern Europeans and their colonies, and with Caribbean pirates and buccaneers; the "Sugar Empire"; the slavery issue; British-French Caribbean conflicts; manumission; and the islands since 1914. Essentially the book is a compendium of facts names, dates, places that are not always accurate and are often misunderstood by the author, whose interpretations and conclusions frequently vary from accepted norms. There is also a serious lack of balance between segments of the book, e.g., Castro's Cuba gets less than one page; Grenada since 1979 is given six! The too brief section on the 20th century overly stresses British and ex-British islands. Tables, some black-and-white illustrations, maps of minimal utility, and notes that clarify text rather than cite sources. General. B. B. Solnick; SUNY at Albany



Since Columbus landed in the Bahamas 500 years ago, the history of the Caribbean has been marked by European domination and the ongoing struggle of both native and immigrant islanders for political and economic autonomy. For hundreds of years, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Britain, and the United States have vied for sovereignty over the islands and their rich resources. Each has left its indelible mark on the peoples and cultures it touched. Beginning with the first known Caribbean islanders--the peaceful Arawak and the warlike Carib--A Brief History of the Caribbean traces the ever-changing course of events in the region, with an in-depth examination of the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped these island nations. Accessible and concise, this reference covers: The natural environment Pirates and buccaneers The sugar industry The role of slavery Tourism in the 20th century. The revised edition includes new chapters on: Cuba during the 20th century Haiti and the Dominican Republic Colonialism Independence for British Colonies The state of affairs in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and the Bahamas since gaining independence The English-speaking eastern Caribbean states. Excerpted from A Brief History of the Caribbean: From the Arawak and the Carib to the Present by Jan Rogozinski All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Part 1 The Caribbean Under Spanish Rule
1 The Enduring Environment and the First Islandersp. 3
2 Discovery of the Islandsp. 22
3 Pirates Fight for Spanish Goldp. 34
4 Spain's Caribbean Coloniesp. 45
Part 2 Northern Europeans come to Stay
5 The Dutch Empirep. 59
6 Settlement of the Lesser Antillesp. 67
7 The Buccaneers of Jamica, Saint-Domingue, and the Bahamasp. 85
8 War and Piracy, 1665-1720p. 95
Part 3 The Sugar Empire
9 Sugar Rules the Islandsp. 107
10 The World of the Slavesp. 125
11 England and France Struggle to Control the Islandsp. 143
12 Runaways and Rebelsp. 154
Part 4 The Abolition of Slavery and the Challenges of Freedom
13 The British Coloniesp. 179
14 The Spanish Islands Fight for Freedomp. 199
15 Hispaniola and the Leeward Islandsp. 210
Part 5 Poverty and Progress in the Caribbean Since 1914
16 Cuba During the 20th Centuryp. 225
17 The Dominican Republic and Haitip. 254
18 Colonialism's Mixed Blessingsp. 278
19 The British Colonies Gain Independencep. 309
20 Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and the Bahamas Since Independencep. 324
21 The English-Speaking Eastern Caribbean Statesp. 347
Appendix Mapsp. 367
Notesp. 382
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 390
Photo Creditsp. 400
Indexp. 403