By Thomas W. Krise
Even if the colonies within the West Indies have been as very important to the increasing British empire as these in North the USA, writings from the British West Indies were conspicuously absent from anthologies of 17th- and eighteenth-century British literature. during this first literary anthology devoted to the quarter, Thomas W. Krise gathers very important yet little-known descriptions, poems, narratives, satires, and essays written in and approximately this culturally wealthy and politically tempestuous region.Caribbeana bargains worthwhile interval commentaries on slavery, colonialism, gender family, African and eu heritage, ordinary heritage, agriculture, and medication. Highlights contain numerous of the earliest protests opposed to slavery; an outstanding ode by way of the Cambridge-educated Afro-Jamaican poet Francis Williams; James Grainger's prolonged georgic poem, The Sugar Cane; Frances Seymour's poignant story of the Englishman Inkle who sells his Indian savior-lover Yarico into slavery; and several other descriptions of the West Indies through the early years of cost.
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Despite all this, people of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century West Indies have left rich artifacts of an equally rich culture formed under extraordinary conditions. This anthology aims to provide a selection ofsome ofthe best and most intriguing English literary artifacts ofthat culture. 15 m FROM cA True & Bxact %flory ofthe Island of 'Barbados RICHARD LIGON ( 16 34- 1 7°3) Richard Ligon's A True andExactHistory ofthe Island ofBarbados (1657; second edition, 1673) provides perhaps the best description ofanyWest Indian colony in the seventeenth century.
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