The primary records used in this study are drawn from depositories in Great Britain, Martinique, the Netherlands, and the United States. In Great Britain, I consulted the records of the Foreign Office and the Cabinet Office, inclusive of several of its committees and subcommittees, at the Public Record Office. There was also some consultation of the Admiralty records, though greater consultation was made of the United States Navy Department records pertaining to the naval aspects of the war. In this context, I visited the Washington Navy Yard and worked in both the Navy Department Library and in the Operational Archives Branch, Naval History Division of the Department of the Navy. My search for records also took me to the main building of the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue. There, I consulted certain holdings of the Navy Department; the papers of the Department of State; and those of the Department of the Army, Modern Military Branch, Military Archives Division. Other documents or monographs relating to the Caribbean Defense Command of the United States Army were found in the Center of Military History, which was then located in the Forrestal Building, Independence Avenue, Washington, D.C., and now is housed at the Pulaski Building, Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. Finally, I located relevant material in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress and at the National Records Center, Suitland, Maryland. In New York State, I visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park and consulted particularly the papers in the President's Secretary's File relating to the Destroyers-Bases Agreement and to the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission and its American co-chairman, Charles Taussig.
Although I also visited France, official restriction then in force prevented me from consulting the French primary records. However, some material, mainly of a secondary nature, was acquired from the libraries of the Comité d'Histoire de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale, 32 rue de Leningrad, Paris 75008; the Bibliothèque de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, University of Paris, rue San Guillaume, Paris Vle; and the Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine, University of