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I found Black Carib Wars: Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna to be a comprehensive and thoughtful account of the Black Carib Wars in St. Vincent. It is well researched, drawing extensively on historical records in French and English; as well as very insightful, painting a detailed picture of the geopolitical backdrop to the wars. Taylor must be commended for the thoroughness of his research and for his valiant attempt to overcome many of the severe limitations of the historical record concerning the Black Carib Wars. In particular, the fact that the Black Caribs maintained no written records of their history making their perspective on historical events difficult to infer. Nevertheless, Taylor has managed through his meticulous scholarship to skillfully extract meaningful insights from the at times, conflicting and grossly biased and racist European accounts of the Black Caribs. Black Carib Wars: Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in a deep, academic treatment of the history of the Black Carib Wars. The book is well written and easy to read so I would especially recommend it to anyone in the Caribbean diaspora who is curious about the history of the region and about the unique Garifuna (Black Carib) people.

Have you read any interesting books about the Garifuna? Which book is your favorite and why? Please feel free to share your thoughts in a comment.

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