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Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations

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As a young anthropologist, Sidney Mintz undertook fieldwork in Jamaica, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. Fifty years later, the eminent scholar of the Caribbean returns to those experiences to meditate on the societies and on the island people who befriended him. These reflections illuminate continuities and differences between these cultures, but even more they exemplify the power ...more
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by Harvard University Press
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Gary Bruff
Although sugar and slavery were important historical factors for each of the three Caribbean colonies examined here, the colonies themselves differed and continue to differ in significant and surprising ways.

I had read Sweetness and Power many years ago, yet I still held in my mind a uniform culture complex for the entire Caribbean region. I could have not been more wrong. These three ancient colonies, of which Puerto Rico is still a colony of sorts, were in the early colonial era all Spanish. B
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I read this book for my Caribbean Society and Culture class in my college. It's not something I would typically pick up, but considering it was on a topic I had no interest in, I still found it to be quite good.
Jason S
Some interesting details in this book, but overall it rambled in spots. An interesting thesis, arguing that Hispanic and non-Hispanic Carribbean societies developed differently.
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