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Alfred Stepan continues our series on Makers of The Twentieth Century, arguing that the romantic acclaim of Fidel Castro as a revolutionary guerrilla leader disregards the practical achievements...

For much of the British Civil Wars the colony of Barbados remained neutral, allowing both Parliamentarian and Royalist exiles to run their plantations and trade side by side. But with the collapse of the king’s cause in the late 1640s matters took a violent turn, as Matthew Parker relates.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

Devastating earthquakes have been chronicled on the island of Hispaniola for the past 500 years, writes Jean-François Mouhot.

Volume: 60 Issue: 4 2010

The West Indies is home to a large and vibrant South Asian population descended from indentured labourers who worked the plantations after the abolition of slavery. The arrival of the first, from Bengal in 1838, is recorded in the journal of a young doctor who accompanied them, as Brigid Wells describes.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

David Abulafia, author of the newly published The Discovery of Mankind, considers Columbus’ first encounters with the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, and shows how, in the flesh, newly discovered peoples challenged European preconceptions about what it meant to be human.

Volume: 58 Issue: 5 2008

As Fidel Castro finally hands over the reins of power after forty-nine years, Michael Simmons finds his country poised between past and future.

Volume: 58 Issue: 4 2008

James Robertson investigates the Lord Protector’s ambitious plans for war with Spain in the Caribbean.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Graham Norton introduces the complex colonial history of the Caribbean island.

Volume: 52 Issue: 2 2002

The Cuban leader seized power in a military coup on March 10th, 1952.

Volume: 52 Issue: 3 2002

Richard Cavendish marks the arrival of the Empire Windrush, carrying some 500 settlers from Jamaica, at Tilbury Dock.

Volume: 48 Issue: 6 1998

The Darien Colony was founded by Scottish emigrants on November 3rd, 1698. But it all went horribly wrong.

Volume: 48 Issue: 11 1998

Laurie Johnston explores the significance of public education in Cuba's efforts to forge a national identity in a period of US intervention.

Volume: 45 Issue: 8 1995

David Cordingly describes the seafaring daredevil who pirated the Caribbean 200 years after Columbus' arrival, and tells of a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich, dedicated to their kind.

Volume: 42 Issue: 5 1992

Robin Blackburn describes how the message of liberte, egalite, fraternite, acted as crucial catalyst for race and class uprisings in Europe's Caribbean colonies.

Volume: 41 Issue: 11 1991

Emancipation in British Guiana brought an influx of indentured labourers from India, whose working and living conditions were destructive of caste and culture, and often as harsh as those of the slaves they replaced.

Volume: 36 Issue: 4 1986

Alfred Stepan continues our series on Makers of The Twentieth Century, arguing that the romantic acclaim of Fidel Castro as a revolutionary guerrilla leader disregards the practical achievements and structural changes he has brought to Cuba and distorts his world-view of revolution.

Volume: 31 Issue: 5 1981

In 1844 the people of the former Spanish colony of Santo Domingo rose in rebellion against the Haitians who had occupied their island since 1822. But instead of trying to establish genuine independence for their Dominican Republic, its political leaders did their best to trade it off to France and then to Spain which briefly re-annexed it in 1861.

Volume: 31 Issue: 4 1981
Volume: 31 Issue: 12 1981

After the French Revolution, the colony of Guadeloupe experienced many upheavals and was, for much of the time, virtually independent. Nevertheless it kept the French flag flying against both Americans and British, its garrison deriving much strength from its newly-freed slaves. When Napoleon came to power, the black population revolted the Black Consul’s racist policies. H.J.K. Jenkins retells the story.

Volume: 30 Issue: 4 1980

M. Foster Farley describes the life of a great mariner and intrepid privateer; Woodes Rogers was at length appointed by a grateful government Governor-in-Chief of the Bahamas.

Volume: 29 Issue: 8 1979

From 1861-65, writes Richard Drysdale, during the American Civil War, Nassau in the Bahamas thrived on trade with the Confederacy.

Volume: 27 Issue: 5 1977

H.J.K. Jenkins profiles a dictator and liberator in the West Indies under the first French Republic.

Volume: 27 Issue: 11 1977

Esmond Wright explains how, during the American War of Independence, the island of Bermuda was in sympathetic touch with Patriots as well as with Loyalists.

Volume: 26 Issue: 7 1976

John Terraine describes how, in the months before Trafalgar, the French Fleet from Toulon was ordered to the West Indies, but Nelson was convinced that their real aim was Egypt.

Volume: 25 Issue: 9 1975

John Terraine observes how the British and French fleets crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic three months before Trafalgar.

Volume: 25 Issue: 12 1975

Harold Kurtz analyses Spanish predominance in the sixteenth-century West Indies.

Volume: 21 Issue: 4 1971

Harold Kurtz traces colonial influence from the days of Cromwell, to those of Napoleon.

Volume: 21 Issue: 5 1971

Roderick Cavaliero introduces Admiral Pierre Andre de Suffren, an eighteenth century legend of the French navy.

Volume: 20 Issue: 7 1970

Hugh Carleton Greene heads to the Caribbean to find a long-lost relative.

Volume: 20 Issue: 1 1970

Born in the West Indies; Secretary of State in the Confederate Government, Benjamin ended his career as a successful barrister in London. By Charles Curran.

Volume: 17 Issue: 9 1967

C.E. Hamshere describes how the famous Pirate-Governor of Jamaica helped to bring to an end Spanish control of the Caribbean Sea.

Volume: 16 Issue: 6 1966

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