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The Black Carib WarsFreedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna$
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Christopher Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617033100

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617033100.001.0001

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The Black Carib Wars

Christopher Taylor

University Press of Mississippi

This introductory chapter briefly discusses the history of the Garifuna people. In colonial times the Garifuna were known as Black Caribs, a name that represents their mixed African/Amerindian heritage, and their story—from their traditional origin in a shipwreck, to their battles against the French and British, to their final, cataclysmic struggle to retain their independence at the end of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Garifuna people, Black Caribs, St. Vincent, European colonizers

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