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1 - Introduction to the Caribbean and Its History

An Overview

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 September 2022

Nanette de Jong
University of Newcastle
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The Introduction provides an overview of the Caribbean, its Indigenous peoples, particular colonial and slave histories, as well as migrant and immigrant pasts, all presented as reasons regarding why each island/country is culturally and musically distinct. Understanding Caribbean history is essential to understanding the musics of the islands. This introduction provides that broad summary of Caribbean history, emphasising its binding relationship with the music of the islands – a necessary task for understanding and appreciating forthcoming chapters of the book.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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