Sunday, October 25, 2015

Outlines of St. Lucia’s History

Jesse, Rev. C. , F. M. I., Outlines of St. Lucia’s History, St. Lucia: The St. Lucia Archaeological & Historical Society, 1964. (Two copies: 1962 & 1964)

Table of Contents:
Chap. I – Discovery and Names.
Chap. II – Pioneer Settlers: 1605 – 1662.
Chap. III – A Century of Disputed Ownership: 1663 – 1763.
Chap. IV – 25 Years of Struggle for Helen of West: 1778 – 1803.
Chap. V – Establishment of Parochial Units.
Chap. VI – Before and After Emancipation: 1806 – 1853.
Chap. VII – 45 Years of Victorian Era: 1854 – 1899.
Chap. VIII – Before, During and After 1st World War: 1901 – 1924.
Chap. IX – Years of Effort and Trial: 1927 – 1938.
Chap. X – The Six Years of 2nd World War: 1939 – 1945.
Chap. XI – The Great Castries Fire and After: 1948 – 1955.
Chap. XII – Five Years of Development: 1956 – 1960.
APPENDIX: What’s in a name?

St. Lucia and the French Revolution

Easter, B. H., St. Lucia and the French Revolution, The Tom Ferguson Memorial Lecture, Castries, St. Lucia: The Voice Publishing Co., 1965.

From Wikipedia:
When the French Revolution occurred, a revolutionary tribunal was sent to Saint Lucia, headed by captain La Crosse. Prior to this, the slaves had heard about the revolution and walked off their jobs in 1790-1791 to work for themselves. Bringing the ideas of the revolution to Saint Lucia, La Crosse set up a guillotine used to execute Royalists. In 1794 the French governor of the island declared that all slaves were free, as also happened In Saint-Domingue. However, the decree was unevenly carried out.

The Jamaican Constitution of 1962

Kelly, James B., The Jamaican Constitution of 1962, Caribbean Studies, April. 1963. (two copies)

Available online.
Constitution of Jamaica: As a constituent province of the West Indies Federation, Jamaica became independent of the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962 under the Jamaica Independence Act 1962. Under the West Indies Act 1962, the monarchy of the United Kingdom was allowed to form governments for the former colonies of the West Indies Federation. Elizabeth II, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, issued the Jamaica Order in Council 1962 which formally gave force and effect to the constitution.

Our Archives: Six Broadcast Talks by the Government Archivist

Black, Clinton V., Our Archives: Six Broadcast Talks by the Government Archivist, Kingston Jamaica: The Government Printer, 1962.


I. What are Archives and why do we keep them?

II. The Archivist and the Archive Repository.

III. The Story of Jamaica’s Archives.

IV. Excursions in the Archives of :
(a) Central Government.
(b) Local Government.
(c) Semi-Public Bodies.
(d) The Churches.
(e) Private Individuals and Organizations.

Puerto Rico: Middle Road to Freedom

Friedrich, Carl J., Puerto Rico: Middle Road to Freedom, New York: Rinehart, 1959.

From the Preface:
The study here presented was delivered as the first University Lecture at the University of Puerto Rico in January, 1958. These University Lectures, given at the invitation of Dr. Jaime Benitez, Chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico, were established to bring to both students and the general public the findings in the social sciences, the natural sciences and the humanities three times a year.


1. Freedom with Justice.

2. Absolute Autonomy for Puerto Rico.

3. A Permanent Solution?


Caute, David, Fanon, London: Fontana, 1970.

Reviewed in The Journal of Modern African Studies © 1971.

Reviewed in Research in African Literatures © 1972.

John David Caute (born 16 December 1936 in Alexandria, Egypt) is a British author, novelist, playwright, historian and journalist. Caute was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Wellington College, Wadham College, Oxford and St Antony's College, Oxford. A Henry Fellow at Harvard (1960–61), he was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1959, but resigned in 1965. From 1966 to 1985 Caute held various academic positions, including Reader at Brunel University, and Visiting Professor at New York University, Columbia University, University of California, Irvine, and Bristol University.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

José Victoriano Betancourt: Estudio Biográfico

Santovenia, Emeterio S., José Victoriano Betancourt: Estudio Biográfico, La Habana: Impresa “La Universal” de Ruis & Co., 1912.

Disponible en en línea.

José Victoriano Betancourt Gallardo (1813-1875). Relevante articulista cubano de costumbres. Fue uno de los mejores costumbristas que ha dado Cuba. Fue un hombre de plurales actividades como los más significativos cubanos de su época. La poesía no fue en él una vocación que prevaleciera sobre sus otras ocupaciones, pero sus dos poemas: "La rosa del Almendares" y "A las ninfas y genios de Almendares" tienen cierto encanto y una discreta fascinación. Ejerció la profesión de abogado.

Recruitment to Higher Education in Puerto Rico: 1940-1960

Nieves Falcón, Luis, Recruitment to Higher Education in Puerto Rico: 1940-1960, San Juan, PR: Editorial Universitaria, 1965.

From the author’s introduction:
One of the main objectives of this study is to see the extent to which the opportunities for higher education in Puerto Rico have changed. For this purpose the social composition of the student body at the University of Puerto Rico from 1940 to 1960 is analyzed. Recruitment in terms of sex, rural-urban residence and school of origin is another important aspect for consideration. Thus, this study will attempt to define the social characteristics of those segments of the population which are availing themselves of the new and expanded educational facilities offered at the University. It will also seek to locate the shift, if any, in the social status of the students throughout the period chosen for this inquiry.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

In the Shadow of Death: Martinique and the World's Great Disasters

White, Trumbull, In the Shadow of Death: Martinique and the world's great disasters: a comprehensive account of the terrible calamity that befell the isles of the Caribbean sea, stricken by volcanic fires, The Publishers' Association, 1902. (very fragile; belonged to Cyril Creque)

From the author’s Preface:
The purpose of the present volume has been to combine in proper proportion, the various features which should give it permanent value for reading and reference no less than immediate value for its story of Martinique. With that in view, the chapters descriptive of the disasters of 1902, in Martinique, St. Vincent, Guatemala and elsewhere, are followed by a scientific explanation of the causes of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and kindred disturbances; a series of chapters relating the details of the most interesting historic disasters of the past, from Sodom and Gomorrah to the present day; and a complete and authentic account, historical and descriptive, of the whole West Indies, in which these latest disturbances occurred, and in which our own American interests are so rapidly advancing

The Growth of the American Republic, Volume Two

Morison, Samuel Eliot, & Henry Steele Commager, The Growth of the American Republic, Volume Two, Fourth Edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 1950.

Samuel Eliot Morison, Rear Admiral, United States Naval Reserve (July 9, 1887 – May 15, 1976) was an American historian noted for his works of maritime history that were both authoritative and highly readable. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1912, and taught history at the university for 40 years. He won Pulitzer Prizes for Admiral of the Ocean Sea (1942), a biography of Christopher Columbus, and John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography (1959). In 1942, he was commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to write a history of United States naval operations in World War II, which was published in 15 volumes between 1947 and 1962. He retired from the navy in 1951 as a rear admiral. Morison wrote the popular Oxford History of the American People (1965), and co-authored the classic textbook The Growth of the American Republic (1930) with Henry Steele Commager.

Stark's Guide-Book and History of Trinidad

Stark, James H., Stark's Guide-Book and History of Trinidad: Including Tobago, Granada, and St. Vincent; Also a Trip up the Orinoco and a Description of the Great Venezuelan Pitch Lake, Boston: James H. Stark Publisher 1897.

Available online.

The Economics of Slavery: And Other Studies in Econometric History

Conrad, Alfred H., & John R. Meyer, The Economics of Slavery, and Other Studies in Econometric History, Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company, 1964.

Reviewed in The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science.

Reviewed in Science & Society © 1966.

Extract from the inner sleeve:
,After two chapters of theoretical introduction, the authors explore the meanings and implications of evidence, explanation and proof in history by applying econometric methods to the analysis of three major problems in the 19th century economic history – The profitability of slavery in the antebellum South; Income growth and development in the United States during the 1800’s; The Great Depression in the British economy; PLUS a postscript on growth reassessing some current arguments in the light of the findings of these papers. The book presents an original and provocative approach to historical problems that have long plagued economists and historians and provides the reader with a new approach to these and similar questions.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Jamaica Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1

Jamaica Journal, Quarterly of the Institute of Jamaica, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 1968.

Available online.
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), founded in 1879, is the country's most significant cultural, artistic and scientific organisation:[1] a patron and promoter of the arts in Jamaica, sponsoring exhibitions and awards. It is also the country's museums authority, as well as administering other national arts and cultural outlets including the National Gallery, the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, and the Jamaica Journal.

América en Cifras, 1961

Instituto Interamericano de Estadística, América en Cifras, 1961, Washington, D.C.: Unión Panamericana, Secretaría General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos. (Tres volúmenes, según descritos abajo)


Número 4: Estadísticas Económicas: transportes, comunicaciones, comercio y turismo.

Número 8: Estadísticas Culturales.

Suplemento: Índice General de Materias; Índice Analítico General; Bibliografía General.

Memoria: Foro Sobre Contaminación Ambiental

Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Comunidad y Fomento Municipal, Memoria: Foro Sobre Contaminación Ambiental, Caracas: Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Comunidad y Fomento Municipal, 25 & 26 de Noviembre de 1971.


Directiva Electa.

Temario y Ponentes.


Reglamento Interior y de Debate.

Discursos de Apertura:
1) Palabras del Dr. Carlos Acedo Mendoza, Presidente de la Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Comunidad y Fomento Municipal (FUNDACOMUN).
2) Palabras del Dr. Arnaldo Gabaldón, Asesor de la Dirección de Malariología y Saneamiento Ambiental del Ministerio de Sanidad y Asistencia Social.


Tema # I - Contaminación del Agua.
1) Exposición General sobre Contaminación del Agua, por Dr. Gustavo Rivas Mijares.
2) Exposición sobre Ríos, por Ing. Genaro Silva & Dr. José Rafael Hurtado.
3) Exposición sobre Playas Litorales, por Ing. Gustavo Parra Pardi.
4) Exposición sobre Lagos, por Ing. Geza Andrés Hibjan.

Tema # II - Contaminación del Aire.
1) Exposición General sobre Contaminación del Aire, por Ing. Genoveva Genatios.
2) Exposición sobre Fuentes Fijas y Móviles de Contaminantes, por Ing. Manuel Torre Parra & Ing. Joaquín Solanos.

Tema # III - Contaminación del Suelo.
1) Exposición General sobre Contaminantes del Suelo, por Ing. Félix Miguel Sánchez.

Trabajos Presentados:
1) Consideraciones Generales sobre la Contaminación Atmosférica Industrial en Venezuela, por Ing. Carlos Luis González & Ing. Químico Erich Schmidth.
2) Como opera la Contaminación Ambiental y que implicaciones tiene para el Ser humano, por Tomas Blohm.
3) El PNUD y El Medio Humano – Nota del Administrador para la Comisión preparatoria de la Conferencia sobre el Medio Humano.
4) La Conservación Ambiental, por Ing. Agro. Ricardo Gondelles Amengual.
5) Planificación del Medio Ambiente en Suecia, por Lars Emmelin.
6) La Contaminación Atmosférica en Venezuela, por Ing. Manuel Torres Parra.

Conclusiones y Recomendaciones.

Nómina de Asistentes.

The Legal Institutional Framework for Environmental Resources Management (Ecomanagement)

Mayda, Jaro, The Legal Institutional Framework for Environmental Resources Management (Ecomanagement), Rio Piedras: Institute for Policy Studies and Law, University of Puerto Rico, 1974.

The lead-off report at the Colloquium of the International Association of Legal Science on “Environmental problems in the developing countries,” Mexico City, 25 August 1974. To be published in mid-1975, in the proceedings of the colloquium, by the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Trinidad & Tobago Index, No. 2, Fall 1965 (Journal)

Oxaal, Ivar, Ed., Trinidad & Tobago Index, An Informal Review of Social History and Research, No. 2, Fall 1965.


1) The Pluralism of M. G. Smith.
2) Crowley on Shango, Susu, Kaiso.

Social History:

1) C.L.R. James vs. Eric Williams: The Formative Years.


1) Richardson on Democracy in Trinidad.
2) Readers’ Comments on Index.

Asians in the Americas: East Indians in Trinidad and Guyana

Boodhoo, Ken I., "Asians in the Americas: East Indians in Trinidad and Guyana", (An outline), Mimeograph, 1973.

Outline of a paper to be delivered at a Conference on Race and Its Relevance in the Americas, Inter-American University, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 23, 1973.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cuba's Struggle against Spain: With The Causes Of American Intervention And A Full Account Of The Spanish-American War, including Peace Negotiations

Lee, Fitzhugh, Cuba's Struggle against Spain: With The Causes Of American Intervention And A Full Account Of The Spanish-American War, including Peace Negotiations, New York: American Historical Press, 1899. (Deteriorated – both covers separated)

Available on-line.

My note:
This book apparently belonged to Dr. Mathews's father-in-law, Cyril Creque. The book also includes “With A Story of Santiago” by Governor Theodore Roosevelt, of New York, Late Colonel of the Rough Riders, and “A Description of the Destruction of the ‘Maine’” by Commander Richard Wainwright, U.S.N. Executive Officer of the “Maine” and Commander of the “Gloucester”.

Fitzhugh Lee (November 19, 1835 – April 28, 1905) was a Confederate cavalry general in the American Civil War, the 40th Governor of Virginia, diplomat, and United States Army general in the Spanish–American War. He was the son of Sydney Smith Lee, a captain in the Confederate States Navy, and the nephew of General Robert E. Lee.

Historia de la Provincia de San Vicente de Chiapa y Guatemala de la Orden de Predicadores, Tomos I, II & III

Ximénez, Fray Francisco, Historia de la Provincia de San Vicente de Chiapa y Guatemala de la Orden de Predicadores, Tomos I, II & III, Guatemala, C.A.: Biblioteca Goathemala de la Sociedad de Geografía e Historia, Enero de 1929; Diciembre de 1930, y Julio de 1931. (Primer tomo bastante deteriorado)

Biblioteca “Goathemala”

Tomo I disponible en línea aquí y aquí.

Extracto del Prólogo de Jorge del Valle Matheu (Tomo II):
El primer tomo de la historia aludida de Ximénez, comprende dos libros: en el primero se traduce la notable Biblia quiché, que es, según la valiosa opinión del sociólogo Bancroft, citada por el Licenciado Batres Jáuregui, “el más rico legado cosmogónico del Nuevo Mundo”. Desde el capítulo XXII, dicha historia hace una crítica de esta Biblia, y en el XXXVIII empieza a describir la conquista de Guatemala, terminando el libro con la fundación de la ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros en el Valle de Almolonga. El libro segundo se contrae a demostrar que los dominicos fueron los primeros evangelizadores en el Reino de Guatemala, y describe la escisión entre conquistadores y religiosos: avaros y crueles los primeros; benéficos los segundos. Sin desconocer el gran valor de este libro, creo que es mayor el del primero, que brinda al lector la psicología de los primitivos pobladores y dueños de Guatemala, impresa en el Popol Vuh.

Francísco Ximénez (November 28, 1666 – c.1729) was a Dominican priest who is known for his conservation of an indigenous Maya narrative known today as Popol Vuh. (…) Father Ximénez's sacerdotal service began in 1691 in San Juan Sacatepéquez and San Pedro de las Huertas where he learned Cakchiquel. In December 1693, Ximénez began serving as the Doctrinero of San Pedro de las Huertas. He continued in this office for at least ten years during which time he was transferred to Santo Tomás Chichicastenango (also known as Chuilá) from 1701-1703. Father Ximénez was also the curate of Rabinal from 1704 through 1714 and further served as the Vicario and Predicador-General of the same district as early as 1705.