By Bridget Brereton

During this examine of the advance of a colonial Caribbean territory within the overdue 19th century the various peoples of Trinidad - Europeans, white Creoles of French, Spanish and English descent, Africans, Creole blacks, Venezuelans, chinese language and Indian immigrants - occupy the centre level. They shaped a society deeply divided alongside strains of race, epidermis color, fiscal place and academic point. Dr Brereton seems at how the white elite, either eu and Creole, was once capable of keep an eye on the society, mostly unchecked by means of the Imperial energy and its brokers in Trinidad, after which investigates the emergence of a gaggle which might problem that keep an eye on: the colored and black center classification. This booklet makes a major contribution to the historical past of the West Indies, and particularly to the heritage of Trinidad, nonetheless mostly unresearched. it is going to curiosity historians and sociologists fascinated with the advance of post-emancipation Caribbean societies and with race family members within the Americas after slavery.

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