Empire, Enslavement and Freedom in the Caribbean

The author describes and explains the origins of West Indian slave plantations, plantocracies, and the relationship between plantocrats and Amerindians. He then examines the African background of Caribbean slavery, depicts slave lives and behavior, and discusses modern perceptions of slavery and slave societies.

Michael Craton (University of Waterloo), a progressive social historian, draws on thirty years of research and publication on colonialism, imperialism, slavery, and emancipation. He is the author of The History of the Bahamas and five other books.