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By Alec Waugh

First released in 1964, this ebook tells how what Columbus all started in 1492 was once accomplished in 1898, while the purple and gold flag was once decreased at Havana to mark the tip of 4 centuries of Spanish dominance within the Caribbean.

For and a part centuries after the Pope divided the area among Spain and Portugal, the navies of england, France, Spain and sometimes the Netherlands fought within the Caribbean. lots of the islands replaced palms once or more. Europe came upon 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 moral sense of the area aroused from sleep and slavery used to be abolished, finishing the halcyon days of eu colonialism within the Indies.

A kin of Islands is filled with wonderful humans: Drake, Hawkins, Raleigh, Philip II of Spain, Elizabeth I; Henry Morgan, the pirate who was once later knighted and made governor of Jamaica; Haiti's tragic trio: Toussaint L'Ouverture, Dessalines and Henri Christophe. it's jam-packed with tales approximately witch medical professionals and obeah spells and the unspeakable abominations of the slave exchange.

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

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