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A brilliant new history of the Caribbean In October 1492, an Italian-born, Spanish-funded navigator discovered a new world, thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean. In Empire's Crossroads, Carrie Gibson, unfolds the story of the Caribbean from Christopher Columbus's first landing, to the islands today -- largely independent, but often still in thrall to Europe and America s insatiable desire for tropical luxuries. From the early years of settlement to the age of sugar and slavery to the great slave rebellions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the long, slow progress towards independence in the modern era, Gibson offers a vivid, panoramic view of this complex and contradictory region. From Cuba to Haiti, from Jamaica to Trinidad, the story of the Caribbean is not simply the story of slaves and masters -- but of fortune-seekers, tourists, scientists and pirates. It is not only a story of imperial expansion but also of life as it is lived in the islands, both in the past and today.
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