With 13 nations and 24 distinct polities spread amid a million square miles, the Caribbean is vast, complicated, multifaceted, and very difficult to condense into a single narrative about its environmental history. Perhaps this explains why relatively few environmental histories of the whole Caribbean region exist, especially histories spanning thousands of years. This book strives to accomplish that task. It mainly focuses on the period from 1492 to 1850 but also examines the earlier history from roughly 7,500 years ago to the arrival of European colonists, as well as concluding with brief analysis of the post-1850 period.

Historians usually write their books alone, as single authors. But this book has four authors who all bring different and complementary expertise. This innovative approach offers an excellent model and inspiration for historians to do more coauthorship—to depart from restrictive single-author formats that still dominate our discipline despite trends across the academy to...

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