Isles of the Caribbean Author:National Geographic Society Like gems strewn in a graceful arc, the Lesser Antilles curve northward from the Venezuelan coast. Each island reflects its own facets of history: Traces of Spain, France, England, and the Netherlands mingle with elements of Asia and Africa. Inhabited first by gentle Arawak Indians, then by fierce Caribs, these isles became booty in a long Europ... more »ean struggle. And the trade of rum, molasses, and slaves brough in the African ancestors of many of today's islanders.
This book takes a fresh look at the Windward and Leeward island groups, as well as exploring Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and the Dutch ABC's. Five writers savor this world of sun, sand, and crystal-clear waters, these realms of vibrant people. They examine the changes taking place as islands emerge into independence, with the rewards and the problems development will bring.
Beautifully illustrated with nearly 200 full-color photographs, this book will take you on an island-hoppingjourney to see this vivid tropical world and to meet its people.« less