First posted on November 16th 2012, last revised on September 14th 2013






Literature on the History of the Caribbean

Reference Material : Bibliography :
The Scarecrow Historical Dictionary series by country contains extensive bibliography sections. See under Historical Dictionaries
Bibliography of the West Indies (excluding Jamaica 1909, IA
D.C. del Bosque, Caribbean: Online bibliography environmental history of Latin America
Online Bibliography on Latin American Environmental History

Reference Material : Atlases :
I. Barnes, R. Hudson, The History Atlas of South America (MacMillan), 1998 [G]
T. Lessman's Atlas of World History (-1500)
University of Texas, Perry Castaneda Library, Map Collection Topographical Maps, America
Caribmap, A cartographic history of the West Indies

Reference Material : Statistical Data :
IHS : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics. America 1750-2000, London : Palgrave 2003 [G]
Jan Lahmeyer, Population Statistics : The Americas; has tables showing historical data

Reference Material : Lists of Rulers (Archontology) :
Regnal Chronologies, North America
Ben Cahoon, World Statesmen
I. Mladjov, Monarchs

Reference Material : Historical Dictionaries :
Cuba 1988 [G]; French and Netherlands Antilles 1978 [G]; Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands 1973 [G]; Race and Ethnic Relations in Latin America and the Caribbean 1980 [G]
Bishop Davenport, A History and New Gazetteer: Or Geographical Dictionary, of North America and the West Indies 1843, IA

Primary Sources : surveys
Ch.11 : De Scriptoribus Rerum Americanarum, pp.268-272, in B.G. Struve, Selecta bibliotheca historica, 1705, in Latin, GB ; a catalogue of narrative historical sources

Primary Sources : collections
Public Record Office (UK) : Calendar of state papers, Colonial series. 1574-1660, IA
Public Record Office (UK) : Calendar of state papers, Colonial series. America and West Indies 1661-1668, 1669-1674, 1675-1676, 1681-1685, 1685-1688, 1689-1692, 1693-1696, 1699, 1700, 1701, 1702, 1702-1703, 1704-1705, 1708-1709, 1710-1711, 1711-1712, 1712-1714, 1714-1715, 1716-1717, 1717-1718, 1719-1720, 1720-1721, 1722-1723, 1724-1725, 1726-1727, 1728-1729, 1730, 1731, 1732, IA
Real ordenanza para el establecimiento e instruccion de intendentes de exercito y provincia en el Reino de la Nueva Espana, 1786, in Spanish, GB
Constituciones, y ordenanzas, para el regimen, y govierno del Hospital Real, y General de los Indios de esta Nueva Espana, 1778, in Spanish, GB
Nueva constitucion que ha de regir en Espana e Indias, 1808, in Spanish, GB
Coleccion de documentos ineditos relativos al descubrimiento, conquista y organizacion de las antiguas posesiones Espanoles vol.2, 1862, vol.3, 1863, vol.5, 1865, vol.6, 1866, vol.8, 1867, GB
Marxists.org, Cuban Government Documents

Primary Sources : travelogues
Early Americas Digital Archive : Columbus' Journal, 1492
Hakluyt Society, The journal of Christopher Columbus (during his first voyage, 1492-93) 1893, IA


Primary Sources : yearbooks
Britannica Book of the Year 1913, 1942-1997, 1999, 2002 [G]; KMLA Library has vol. 1998, 2006
Statesman's Yearbook 1878, 1889, 1895, 1898, 1901-1902, 1904-1907, 1910, 1912, 1918, 1919, 1924-1926, 1928-1929, 1932-1933, 1937, 1942-1943, 1961-1962, 1962-1963, 1970-1971, 1973-1974, 1975-1976 to 1976-1977, 1978-1979 to 2011
Statesman's Yearbook 1867 IA, 1868 IA, 1869 IA, 1871 IA, 1872 IA, 1873 IA, 1874 IA, 1875 IA, 1876 IA, 1877 IA, 1878 IA, 1879 IA, 1880 IA, 1881 IA, 1882 IA, 1883 IA, 1884 IA, 1885 IA, 1886 IA, 1887 IA, 1888 IA, 1889 IA, 1890 IA, 1891 IA, 1892 IA, 1894 IA, 1895 IA, 1896 IA, 1899 IA, 1903 IA, 1913 IA, 1919 IA, 1921 IA
Americana Annual 1927-1928, 1930-1941, 1943-1947, 1950-1954, 1957-1981, 1983-1990, 1992-1995, 1997-1998, 2000-2002, 2005-2006, 2008
(New) International Yearbook 1898-1900, 1907-1910, 1913-1914, 1916-1926, 1928-1935, 1937-1946, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1961-1962 [G]; Internet Archive provides links to scans of volumes of 1925-1959
Yearbook on International Communist Affairs 1968, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1989 [G]

Primary Sources : Premodern Historiography

Primary Sources : other
Caribbean Newspapers Digital Library
Foreign Relations of the United States, 1861-1960
Bartholome de las Casas, In Defense of the Indians


Surveys
G. Sale et al., An universal history: from the earliest accounts to the present time vol.41 1764; Sect. XIII containing the History of the British and other Islands in the American West Indies pp.130-528, GB
T. Coke, A History of the West Indies 1810, IA
B. Edwards, The History, Civil and Commercial, of the West Indies 1819, IA
T. Suthey, Chronological history of the West Indies vol.1 1827, vol.2 1827, vol.3 1827, IA
R.M. Martin, History of the West Indies 1836, IA
A.K. Fiske, The West Indies: A History of the Islands of the West Indian Archipelago 1899, IA
Jan Rogozinski, A Brief History of the Caribbean, 1999, [G]


Specific Topics : Periods
I.A. Wright, The early history of Cuba, 1492-1586 1916, IA
C.H. Haring, The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century 1910, IA
F.W. Pitman, The development of the British West Indies, 1700-1763 1917, IA

Specific Topics : Economic History
United States. Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Trade directory of Central America and the West Indies 1915, IA
German Kali Works, The cultivation of sugar cane in the West Indies 1911, IA
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Investments in Latin America and the British West Indies 1918, IA
K. Watson / BBC History : Slavery and Economy in Barbados, 2011
Article : Sugar Plantations in the West Indies, Wikipedia
M. Johnston, The Sugar Trade in the West Indies and Brazil Between 1492 and 1700
D.W. Knight, A Brief History of Sugar and Sugar Production in the West Indies
D. Meide, The Sugar Factory in the Colonial West Indies: an Archaeological and Historical Comparitive Analysis 2003

Specific Topics : Social History
Article : Slavery in the British and French Caribbean, Wikipedia
C.R. Buxton, Slavery and Freedom in the British West Indies 1860, IA
E.B. Underhill, The West Indies: their social and religious condition 1862, IA
H.H.S. Aimes, A History of Slavery in Cuba, 1511 to 1868 1907, IA
R.C. Dallas, The history of the Maroons : from their origin to the establishment of their chief tribe at Sierra Leone : including the expedition to Cuba, for the purpose of procuring Spanish chasseurs ; and the state of the island of Jamaica for the last ten years : with a succinct history of the island previous to that period, vol.1 1803, vol.2 1803, IA
A.J. Josephs, Women's Accounts and Carribbean History 1997
Slave Resistance, A Caribbean Study
Esclavage Martinique, History of Slavery on Martinique
Port Cities : Bristol : West Indies
N. Lipsanen, Naturalistic and existential realms of place in Roseau, Dominica , thesis Helsinki 2001

Specific Topics : Religion
H.J. Bell, Witchcraft in the West Indies 1893, IA

Specific Topics : Environmental History
P. Reddish, Spirits of the Jaguar. The Natural History and Ancient Civilizations of the Caribbean and Central America, 1996 [G]
J.F. Lander et al., A Brief History of Tsunamis in the Caribbean Sea 2002
Caribbean Archaeology : Caribbean Research, Nevis 1627-1833
Island Vulnerability : Caribbean
J.T. Knowles, A 5000 Year History of Caribbean Environmental Change and Hurricane Activity Reconstructed from Coastal Lake Sediments of the West Indies, thesis Louisiana State 2008

Specific Topics : Geographic/Ethnographic Compendia, Caribbean volumes
A. du Bois, La Geographie moderne, naturelle historique & politique, vol.4 : Afrique, Amerique, 1736, GB; on the Caribbean islands pp.885-896
Thomas Salmon, Modern history or the present state of all nations, 1744-1746 edition vol.3 The Present State of the Spanish Islands pp.384-391, The Present State of the British American Islands, pp.577-601, The Present State of the French Islands in the Atlantick Ocean, pp.608-700 1746, GB
T.G. Smollett, The Present State of all Nations, vol.8 : The American Islands 1769, GB pp.467-519
T. Kitchin, The Present State of the West-Indies 1778, IA
W. Guthrie, A new system of modern geography : or, A geographical, historical, and commercial grammar ; and present state of the several nations of the world ... vol.2 1794, IA; West India Islands pp.606-627
W. Winterbotham, An Historical, Geographical, Commercial, and Philosophical View of the Amerivan United States and the European Settlements in America and the West Indies vol.4 1799, West Indies pp.228-332, GB
T.F. Ehrmann, Neueste Länder- und Völkerkunde, vol.18, Südamerika, 1815, GB; pp.414-648 Mittel-Amerika oder Westindien
C. Malte-Brun, Universal Geography, vol.3 : Columbian Archipelago, or the Greater and Lesser Antilles, 1827, GB, pp.414-439
H. Murray et al., An Encyclopaedia of Geography 1834, GB; West Indies pp.1459-1475
E. Reclus, Universal Geography, The Earth and its Inhabitants, vol.17, Mexico, Central America, West Indies, n.d., IA
A.H. Keane, Central America, the West Indies and South America 1878, IA
L.W. Lyde, A geography of North America, including the West Indies 1914, IA
World Geography Encyclopedia, vol.2 : The Americas, 1994, KMLA Lib. Call Sign R 910.3 P238w v.2

Specific Topics : by country
G. Frere, A Short History of Barbados 1768, GB
L. Honeychurch, The Dominica Story. A History of the Island, 1975 [G]
F.M. Pons, The Dominican Republic, A National History, 1998 [G]
W.F. Johnson, The History of Cuba, vol.1 1920, vol.2 1920, vol.3 1920, vol.4 1920, vol.5 1920, IA
W.J. Gardner, A history of Jamaica: From its discovery by Christopher Columbus to the year 1872 1873, IA


WHKMLA Pages
Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Captaincy of Cuba, Cuba, Curaçao, Danish West Indies, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, British Leeward Islands, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands' Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts (St. Christopher & Nevis), St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tobago, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, (Dutch) West Indies Company, British Windward Islands

KMLA History Program Papers on Caribbean History
Students' Papers : Lee, Si-eun : History of Indian and Chinese Coolies and their Descendants (2008)