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Myths and Realities of Caribbean History, Myths and Realities of Caribbean History, 0817355340, 0-8173-5534-0, 978-0-8173-5534-0, 9780817355340, , , Myths and Realities of Caribbean History, 0817383166, 0-8173-8316-6, 978-0-8173-8316-9, 9780817383169,

Myths and Realities of Caribbean History

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2009. 168 pp.
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2009. 208 pp.
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This book seeks to debunk eleven popular and prevalent myths about Caribbean history. Using archaeological evidence, it corrects many previous misconceptions promulgated by history books and oral tradition as they specifically relate to the pre-Colonial and European-contact periods. It informs popular audiences, as well as scholars, about the current state of archaeological/historical research in the Caribbean Basin and asserts the value of that research in fostering a better understanding of the region’s past.

Contrary to popular belief, the history of the Caribbean did not begin with the arrival of Europeans in 1492. It actually started 7,000 years ago with the infusion of Archaic groups from South America and the successive migrations of other peoples from Central America for about 2,000 years thereafter. In addition to discussing this rich cultural diversity of the Antillean past, Myths and Realities of Caribbean History debates the misuse of terms such as "Arawak" and "Ciboneys," and the validity of Carib cannibalism allegations.

Basil A. Reid is author of Archaeology and Geoinformatics: Case Studies from the Caribbean and Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

"Myths and Realities of Caribbean History is well organized and well written. Arguments are easy to follow, and it includes a large number of references. Figures and tables are of good quality and appropriate. This book will be of interest to a wide variety of people in the entire Caribbean: tourists, Americans interested in the region, and various kinds of scholars that specialize in this area."
--L. Antonio Curet, Assistant Curator, The Field Museum

"This is an extremely important book. Reid has selected some of the most cherished beliefs about the native peoples of the insular Caribbean and demonstrates that these beliefs are wrong. The book provides a new view of the past, and clears away much of the colonialist baggage associated with the history of the region as it is currently being taught."
--William F. Keegan, Curator of Caribbean Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History

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