Four distinguished scholars consider a historical question of enormous contemporary resonance.
Few figures from the Age of Revolutions can match the achievements of Toussaint Louverture.
The hero of the Haitian Revolution’s lonely death in a French prison cell was not an unfortunate tragedy but a cruel story of deliberate destruction.
Maroon freedom fighters on two Caribbean islands helped hasten the abolition of slavery.
From slavery, sugar and the worst of western colonialism to reggae and Rastafari.
What did the indigenous people of the Americas think of Columbus?
The Lord Protector’s move on Jamaica transformed Britain’s early empire.
Amid the instability of post-revolutionary Haiti, torn between Britain and France, Henry Christophe rose from lowly roots to become its ruler. Paul Clammer remembers his vital role in shaping a new kingdom.
Simon Harcourt-Smith describes how the Americas were plagued by Yellow Fever, borne by mosquitoes from the seventeenth century until the early twentieth.
In the stormy history of the island of Hispaniola, where Columbus was buried, American intervention has followed upon Spanish, French and British. A survey of the scene since 1492.