Better to Die Standing Than to Live on Your Knees

Better to Die Standing Than to Live on Your Knees

When I was a young boy, about nine years old, I first learned about slavery in the Caribbean and the Middle Passage in Social Studies class in primary school. What most disturbed me about slavery, apart from it’s obvious abhorrent cruelty and depravity, was the...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Ouїcou

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Ouїcou

In today’s blogpost I am showcasing a very common, but rather complex cultural practice celebrated by the Black Caribs, called a “ouїcou” – phonetically pronounced “we-sue.” This was a feast, which was often held for a multitude of...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Fort Charlotte

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Fort Charlotte

This week I would like to shine a light on Fort Charlotte, which is one of the key theaters of action in Children of the Ocean God. Fort Charlotte was the main British military stronghold in Kingstown, the capital of the Colony of St. Vincent. During the Second Carib...
La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent Rumbles to Life

La Soufrière Volcano in St. Vincent Rumbles to Life

As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on this week brought us another poignant reminder of the fragility of life. The La Soufrière volcano on the tiny Caribbean island of St. Vincent rumbled to life, with several minor explosive events reported. Ash and flying rocks and...

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