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Traces the Caribbean from its pre-Columbian state through European contact and colonialism to the rise of US hegemony and the economic turbulence of the twenty-first century. This volume begins with a discussion of the region's diverse geography and challenging ecology and features an in-depth look at the transatlantic slave trade.
Stephan Palmie is professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, specializing in Afro-Caribbean cultures. He is the author of Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity and Tradition. Francisco A. Scarano is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in the Caribbean and Latin America. He is the author of Puerto Rico: Cinco siglos de historia.