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The Early Caribbean


Introduction to the first three centuries of written history in the Caribbean from Europeans’ first contact with the region’s indigenous societies to the flourishing of the late eighteenth-century sugar colonies of Saint Domingue and Jamaica. Indigenous societies; European exploration in the fifteenth century; the first encounters between Europeans and the indigenous; demographic catastrophe; trade, contraband, and piracy; the transatlantic slave trade; the development of the plantation complex and the economics of sugar; the dreadful peak of slavery in Saint Domingue and Jamaica and the production of European wealth; centuries-long conflict between Caribs and Europeans; revolts, rebellions, and disaster.