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Igniting the Caribbean's Past: Fire in British West Indian History

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Unlike the earthquakes and hurricanes that have influenced Caribbean history, the region's fires have almost always been caused by humans. Geographer Bonham C. Richardson explores the effects of fire in the social and ecological history of the British Lesser Antilles, from the British Virgin Islands south to Trinidad. Focusing on the late nineteenth century, leading to the 1905 withdrawal of British military forces from the region, Richardson shows how fire-lit social upheavals served as forerunners of political independence movements.

Drawing on Caribbean and London archives as well as years of fieldwork, Richardson examines how villagers used, modified, and contemplated fire in part to vent their frustrations with a savage economic depression and social and political inequities imposed from afar. He examines fire in all its forms, from protest torches to sugarcane fires that threatened the islands' economic staple. Richardson illuminates a neglected period in Caribbean history by showing how local uses of fire have been catalysts and even causes of important changes in the region.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807855232
Author:
Richardson, Bonham C
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Richardson, Bonham C.
Author:
Richardso
Author:
n, Bonham C.
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
Fires
Subject:
Plantation life
Subject:
Arson
Subject:
West Indies, British
Subject:
Slave insurrections.
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. E/215/2001
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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