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by James A. Michener

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Master storyteller James A. Michener sweeps us off to the Caribbean, with a magnificent novel that captures the eternal allure of that glittering string of islands and their tumultuous history.

From the 1310 conquest of the peaceful Arawaks by voracious cannibals to the decline of the Mayan empire, from Columbus's arrival to buccaneer Henry Morgan's notorious reign, from the bloody slave revolt on Haiti to the rise of Castro - Caribbean carries us through 700 dramatic years in a tale teeming with revolution and romance, slavery and superstition, heartfelt characters and thunderous destinies. In this awesome and captivating story of great scope and wonder, Michener has created his most spectacular and thrilling historical novel to date.

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The Timeline

Below is a timeline of events in Caribbean (also an approximate timeline of major historical events).

1310 Conquest of the Arawaks
  -The peaceful Arawaks on the eastern island of Dominica are slaughtered by the cannibalistic Caribs from northern South America.
1489 Decline of Mayan Empire
  -Story takes place in southern Mexico and the Caribbean island of Cozumel.
1492 Columbus Discovers America
  -Columbus, an Italian, discovers the America's for the king and queen of Spain, (Ferdinand and Isabella).
1509 Investigation of Columbus
1567 - 1597 English/Spanish Naval Battles
  -Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins battle the Spanish on the Caribbean.
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My Comments

A wonderful novel covering an extensive history of the Caribbean islands. The depth of coverage in this book is great. It was very interesting to read about the Spanish, French, English, and American influences on the islands, and it was eye opening to read about the incredible poverty that exists on many of the islands now. Also included an interesting tale about zombies that I hadn't heard before. It made me wonder how true the tales are. Definitely worth reading.

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