Quisqueya La Bella: The Dominican Republic in Historical and Cultural Perspective

Quisqueya La Bella: The Dominican Republic in Historical and Cultural Perspective

Quisqueya La Bella: The Dominican Republic in Historical and Cultural Perspective

Quisqueya La Bella: The Dominican Republic in Historical and Cultural Perspective

Synopsis

A history of the Dominican Republic from pre-Columbian times to the present. The book focuses on the merger of three cultures across time - the indiginous cultures of the Caribbean, the Iberians of southern Europe and the Africans.

Excerpt

The Caribbean! The mere utterance of the word instantly conjures up the quintessential vision of its sun, sand, and sea. The images are like polished fantasies taken straight from the glossiest travel brochure: luxury cruise ships pulling into sun-drenched ports, duty-free shopping, deluxe resort enclaves, exotic tales of sunken treasure from mighty galleons sailing the Spanish Main, romantic swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers, plantation ruins from centuries past, historic forts, remnants of massive sugarmills, pelicans, sandpipers, flamingos, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba, miles upon miles of often solitary sand-swept beaches dotted with cozy cays and coves, radiantly warm turquoise seawater washing across coral reefs, gently lapping against beaches with fine, powderlike sand. The shimmering islands of the Caribbean are undeniably among the most beautiful and captivating jewels in the entire world. The Caribbean lands constitute a distinct world of their own, stretching some two thousand miles from the Central American republics east to the arc of the Lesser Antilles--a tropical paradise of celestial beauty.

Many people often mistakenly include the Bahama Islands in the Caribbean group. In a strictly geographical sense, however, the Bahamas are more correctly part of the total West Indies region, while actually lying in the Atlantic Ocean off the southern tip of Florida. The islands of the Caribbean are properly divided into two principal . . .

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