[Ebook] ➪ Empires Crossroads ➩ Carrie Gibson – Techotechies.us

Empires Crossroads Ever Since Christopher Columbus Stepped Off The Santa Maria Onto What Is Today San Salvador, In The Bahamas, And Announced That He Had Arrived In The Orient, The Caribbean Has Been A Stage For Projected Fantasies And Competition Between World Powers In Empire S Crossroads, British American Historian Carrie Gibson Traces The Story Of This Coveted Area From The Northern Rim Of South America Up To Cuba, And From Discovery Through Colonialism To Today, Offering A Vivid, Panoramic View Of This Complex Region And Its Rich, Important History.After That Fateful Landing In 1492, The British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, And Even The Swedes, Scots, And Germans Sought Their Fortunes In The Islands For The Next Two Centuries Some Failed Spectacularly A Poorly Executed Settlement In Panama Led The Scots To Lose Their Own Independence To England The Spaniards Were The First To Find Prosperity, In Mexico But Also Along The Islands In Hispaniola, Cuba, And Puerto Rico, They Built Grandiose Cathedrals And Extracted Shipfuls Of Gold And Silver, Which English, French, And Dutch Pirates Were Happy To Seize But Precious Metals Weren T A Sustainable Export The Colonizers Needed Something That Was, And They Would Need Hordes Of Slaves To Cultivate It.The Caribbean S First Cash Crop, One Indigenous To The New World, Was Tobacco, And It, Along With Sugar, Spurred Expensive New Addictions Back In Europe Gibson Argues That Immaterial Exports Were Just As Important No Other Region Of The World Has Experienced Such A Vibrant Mixing Of Cultures, Religions, And Peoples Africans, Europeans, Asians, And Amerindians Created Amazingly Dynamic Creole Societies That Complicated Traditional Ideas About Class And Race By The End Of The Eighteenth Century, Seventy Thousand Free Blacks And Mulattos Lived In The British Islands Alone, And It Was In The Caribbean That The World S Only Successful Slave Revolt Took Place Sparking The Meteoric Rise Of Napoleon S Black Counterpart, Toussaint L Ouverture, And The Haitian Revolution.The Caribbean Island Of St Eustatius Had Been The First To Recognize The United States As A Nation, But The Americans Were Soon Vying For Their Own Imperial Stronghold In The West Indies, Attempting To Control Cuba And Backing Influential Corporations, Most Notably United Fruit In The Twentieth Century, Most Of The Islands Broke From The Imperial Traditions That Had Lorded Over Them For Four Centuries This Would Be The Explosive Age Of Decolonization And Banana Republics, Of Racial Riots And N Gritude, Of Cold War Politics And Tourist Crowds At Every Step Of Her Expansive Story, Gibson Wields Fascinating Detail To Combat The Myths That Have Romanticized This Region As One Of Uniform White Sand Beaches Where The Palm Trees Always Sway Evocatively Written And Featuring A Whole Cast Of Cosmopolitan Characters, Empire S Crossroads Reinterprets Five Centuries Of History That Have Been Underappreciated For Far Too Long.

[Ebook] ➪ Empires Crossroads  ➩ Carrie Gibson – Techotechies.us
  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Empires Crossroads
  • Carrie Gibson
  • 05 July 2017
  • 0802126146

10 thoughts on “Empires Crossroads


  1. says:

    Read a galley of this while vacationing in the Virgin Islands this month Not a typical beach read, but Carrie Gibson s writing is clear, lucid, and engaging, and the wide range of colonial adventures and misadventures in the region make for a fascinating read Much of of the subject matter and episodes were already familiar to me, yet ...


  2. says:

    There are many histories of the Americas that begin with Columbus s landing in what were to become known as the West Indies, but this is perhaps one of the few accessible accounts which focus on the Caribbean itself, and which follow through right to the present day Carrie Gibson s thesis is that the Caribbean was a unique crossroads for global empires, focusing of course on the European empires but showing how power was later conceded to the United States, but without forgetting the minor role There are many histories of the Americas that begin with Columbus s landing in what were to become known as the West Indies, but this is perhaps one of the few accessible accounts which focus on the Caribbean itself, and which follow through right to the present day Carrie Gibson s thesis is that the Caribbean was a unique crossroads for global empires, focusing of course on the European empires but showing ...


  3. says:

    Had a hard time getting into this one The history of the Caribbean has no great narrative arc as the author admits and the parts on Slavery and the Slave trade are certainly depressing but the Caribbean doesn t have a single direction to its history but instead a mix of light and dark and ...


  4. says:

    This is an excellent account I m no expert, but this year I read Slavery by Another Name, The Half Has Never Been Told, and The New Jim Crow This book provides a broader picture, but an important one, on...


  5. says:

    As Carrie Gibson notes in the conclusion to her superb history of the Caribbean, it is much easier to imagine a West Indies without history The prevailing view of Americans and Europeans of the Caribbean is one seen through the eyes of tourism a paradise of exquisite beaches and rum drinks with little umbrellas But as Ms Gibson so aptly demonstrates, the Caribbean is not a mere footnote of history it has been a geographic vortex of superpower entanglement and a crossroad of globalism for As Carrie Gibson notes in the conclusion to her superb history of the Caribbean, it is much easier to imagine a West Indies without history The prevailing view of Americans and Europeans of the Caribbean is one seen through the eyes of tourism a paradise of exquisite ...


  6. says:

    Empires Crossroads is just that, a work of history that places the Caribbean at the centre of hundreds of years of exploration, trade and migration Gibson rejects the traditional Eurocentric approach of placing the Caribbean to the periphery of world history, and approaching it from the outside, looking in Instead epochs from the first days of colonialism, industrialization, imperialism and globalisation are assessed from a refreshing historical viewpoint located within the Caribbean Gibson Empires Crossroads is just that, a work of history that places the Caribbean at the centre of hundreds of years of exploration, trade and migration Gibson rejects the traditional Eurocentric approach of placing the Caribbean to the periphery of world history, and approaching it from the outside, looking in Instead epochs from the first days of colonialism, industrialization, imperialism...


  7. says:

    Sugar has no value to the human race it contributes not one wit to our health and only causes problems when we ingest it Yet economic and political empires rose and fell over its production, and demand for it led to the creation of the African slave trade All this I learned in the first few pages of this book, which gives the reader a comprehensive history of the Caribbean from Columbus arrival to the presenton that later.Although I m no devotee to Caribbean history, I began to appre Sugar has no value to the human race it contributes not one wit to our health and only causes problems when we ingest it Yet economic and political empires rose and fell over its production, and demand for it led to the creation of the African slave trade All this I learned in the first few pages of this book, which gives the reader a comprehensive history of the Caribbean from Columbus arrival to the presenton that later.Although I m no devotee to Caribbean history, I began to appreciate its richness when I did research for my first book,Smedley D Butler, USMC A Biography. Butler, a career Marine officer active in the Corps from 1898 to 1931, spent much of his time in the Caribbean, including being the chief of police in Haiti the U.S invaded that nation in 1915 and stayed for quite some years thereafter My research into Caribbean history whet my appetite to learnabout it at a later time to satisfy a personal interest This book fulfilled ...


  8. says:

    If you need to study Caribbean History, this is the book lots of useful information that is hard to find The US base for Navy destroyers at Chaguaramas, Trinidad was placed smack dab in a favorite bathing beach, which suddenly became off limits Then eviction notices came Sound like Okinawa s story, anyone From the comical Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, the two exiles of Aristide in Haiti, to the theft of Guantanamo Bay the last remnant of the Platt Amendment , Ms Gibson, much her cred If you need to study Caribbean History, this is the book lots of useful information that is hard to find The US base for Navy destroyers at Chaguaramas, Trinidad was placed smack dab in a favorite bathing beach, which suddenly became off limits Then eviction notices came Sound like Okinawa s story, anyone From the comical Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, the two exiles of Aristide in Haiti, to the theft of Guantanamo Bay the last remnant of the Platt Amendment , Ms Gibson, much her credit, does not shy away from pointing out the US s detrimental involvement with the Caribbean My favorite line in the book comes from Maurice Bishop, Most of the tourists who come to our country are white, and this clear association of whiteness and privilege is a major problem for Caribbean people just emerging out of a racist colonial history I loved the fact that this book also mentions how most of the visitors to the Caribbean have little to no engagement with the locals be...


  9. says:

    What do we know about our neighbors unless we try to reach out and understand them That may have been what motivated me to read this book The Caribbean and the Bahamas are the United States neighbors, but until I read this book my perception of this region was very sketchy Author Carrie Gibson provides us with an outline that chronologically details the events that have shaped these mostly Island nations I say mostly because Gibson does not exclude Central America and those nations on the What do we know about our neighbors unless we try to reach out and understand them That may have been what motivated me to read this book The Caribbean and the Bahamas are the United States neighbors, but until I read this book my perception of this region was very sketchy Author Carrie Gibson provides us with an outline that chronologically details the events that have shaped these mostly Island nations I say mostly because Gibson does not exclude Central America and those nations on the South American continent Venezuela, Guiana, Surinam, French Guiana, and Columbia.Obviously by trying to cover so much territory the history she presents may not be comprehensive enough to satisfy many serious historians However, it is thorough enough to provide an excellent reference source for future study of this region.The author includes cultural, religious, economic and political aspects of the Caribbean as she traces its evolution from the days of first contact with Eu...


  10. says:

    As Carrie Gibson notes in the conclusion to her superb history of the Caribbean, it is much easier to imagine a West Indies without history The prevailing view of Americans and Europeans of the Caribbean is one seen through the eyes of tourism a paradise of exquisite beaches and rum drinks with little umbrellas But as Ms Gibson demonstrates, the Caribbean is not a mere footnote of hi...

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