Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Short History of the West Indies

Parry, J.H., & P.M. Sherlock, A Short History of the West Indies, London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd., 1956.

Fourth edition available at Questia.

Reviewed in Social and Economic Studies © 1957.

Reviewed in The Journal of Negro History © 1957.

Reviewed in The Americas © 1957.

From the Introduction:
The book which follows is an account of the history of the islands in the Caribbean Sea: the four great islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, and the hundreds of smaller islands which form an arching breakwater against the Atlantic, from the scattered peaks of the Virgin Islands in the north to Curacao and Aruba lying off the coast of South America. It attempts to treat the story as a connected whole, though, being particularly addressed to readers in the British Caribbean, it pays somewhat more detailed attention to places of English speech. It is not concerned directly with the history of the lands bordering the Caribbean, except for areas such as British Honduras and the Guianas, whose development was closely connected with that of the islands.

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