Step-by-Step Path Taken by First People to Settle the Caribbean Islands

Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Artifacts provide a definitive answer. Introduction For the millions of people around the world who live on islands today, a plane or boat can easily enough carry them to the mainland or other islands. But how did people in[…]

How an Islamic Holiday Became Uniquely Caribbean

Hosay procession in St. James / Photo by Nicholas Laughlin, Creative Commons Hosay, a religious ritual performed by Trinidadian Muslims, combines the somber Islamic observance of Ashura, brought by immigrant Indians, and the joy of Trinidad’s famous carnival. By Ken Chitwood / 09.09.2018 PhD Candidate, Religion in the Americas, Global Islam University of Florida A throng of Trinidadians line up[…]

Empire and Slavery in the Caribbean through the 19th Century

Print depicting enslaved people producing sugar in Antigua, 1823 / British Library, Public Domain After the Caribbean was first colonised by Spain in the 15th century, a system of sugar planting and enslavement evolved. David Lambert explores how this system changed the region, and how enslaved people continued to resist colonial rule. By Dr. David[…]

How Slaveholders in the Caribbean Maintained Control

Slaves loading rum barrels from Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) by William Clark. Courtesy British Library/Wikipedia With its huge sugar plantations and brutal slave regime, this was the jewel in the imperial crown. By Dr. Christer Petley / 11.02.2018 Professor, School of Humanities University of Southampton It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous[…]

Forgotten Voyages of the Mid-20th Century Caribbean ‘Windrush Generation’

HMS Empire Windrush / Royal Navy official photographer, Wikimedia Commons Looking at some of the forgotten voyages that brought men, women and children from all over the Caribbean to Britain. By Naomi Oppenheim / 07.05.2018 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Student British Library University College London ‘The S.S. Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury on 22 June 1948 with 492 Jamaican men[…]