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Barbados: A History from Amerindians to Independence Paperback – 1 Jan 1978


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Caribbean (1 Jan. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333238192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333238196
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,095,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There can be few people better qualified to write about his island home than Sir Alexander Hoyos, an eminent Barbadian and a former member of the Privy Council of Barbados. He is known particularly as an historian and has written a number of books on aspects of the history of Barbados. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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To begin the story of the people of Barbados, one has to go back some 35,000 years to the time when the first men came to the New World. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LbaYorkie on 3 Dec. 2009
This was a very informative book, with an appropriate title. It was essentially a book on politics especially towards the middle and end, this made it a little hard going and 'dry', nevertheless it was interesting.
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Wonderfully concise with great information on the earliest years of Barbados. How it was probably a headquarters for the Caribs and later a standard bearer for many colonies seeking freedom.
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Basic Barbados, with special value for those interested in issues of British colonialism 26 Dec. 2014
By Marco Buendia - Published on Amazon.com
This is what might be called a middle-of-the-road history of Barbados. If I remember rightly, the book was written for classroom use in Barbados.

There can scarcely be a part of the world where such limited land, and, all the more, limited arable, has had such varied outcomes as the Caribbean Basin. Different colonial powers (and it was all colonized) would, of course, see each bit within their own perspective. Barbados was an English colony, an early one, and remained part of the British cultural sphere as that developed. So it tells us quite a lot about Britishness, and, eventually, African Britishness.

But the last concept is not something the author dwells on deliberately. The book is probably most useful for those who would like to take in a placid, largely non-controversial synopsis of Barbados history before proceeding wherever they intend to proceed. That portion of the book covering Barbadian history prior to the emancipation of the African-American slaves would be most widely useful, I think.

A special note: those who read mainly in American colonial and US history will specially appreciate this pre-Emancipation history of the island. The points of comparison with the eastern seaboard colonies and America's damnable South will be very evident to thoughtful readers. Not all of this relates to race. It was a very English place early in the game, and there's quite a bit of resonance with theories and realities of governance such as they were experienced in Atlantic America. BTW, those who would like to avoid hearing yet another race-lunatic beat the ancestral dog will not get this sort of tirade here, justifiable as it might be in a more specific context. This is a plain general history, not catering to any particular agenda.
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