Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A Brief History of the Caribbean Region

Traces the development of the region from discovery by Christopher Columbus to independence of the nations from Colonial rule. Examines the impact the varying...

Pre-Columbian Caribbean Life: The Taíno

Taíno is an ethnohistoric term used to describe certain tribes in the Virgin Islands and Greater Antilles between 1200-1500 AD. They are distinguished from...

The Slave Trade: Slave Ship Voyages to the West Indies

Before the Middle Passage to the West Indies, the typical slave ship spent up to a year off the coast of Africa collecting slaves. A...

Hawkins and Drake’s Accidental Voyage to San Juan de Ulúa

Before becoming privateers for Queen Elizabeth, slave traders Hawkins and Drake took a detour to San Juan de Ulúa. The greed of John Hawkins and...

USS MAINE Explosion in Havana in 1898: The Other Theory

There are a few theories about why the USS MAINE exploded in the Havana Harbor in the late 19th century. Including one that no...

Caribbean Christmas: Christmas Traditions in St. Kitts

St. Christopher, commonly known as St. Kitts, was originally inhabited by the Caribs before colonization by the British. The British then brought enslaved Africans...

Irish Catholics Indentured in Colonial Barbados

Irish Catholics and Scots "Barbadosed" by Oliver Cromwell did not fare well as indentured servants. With both religious and political origins, Oliver Cromwell’s invasion of...

Barbados: Indentured Servants to African Slavery

The first plantation-based society in the Caribbean, Barbados set the example for slave-based monoculture by moving from indentured servants to slave labor. Plantation societies require...

The Death of Anacaona: Executed by the Spanish at Santo Domingo

After her husband Caonabo was shipped to Spain by Christopher Columbus and her brother Behechio died, Anacaona ruled so well she was hanged for...

Barbados Signal Stations

The signal stations in Barbados originated during the slave rebellion of 1816. It was the first slave uprising in Barbados history caused by a...