The Caribbean in the Late 1960s
This Caribbean journey from Haiti to Guyana was carried out in 1968. The highlights were the dictatorial Duvalier regime in Haiti; the Dominican Republic in the aftermath of the assassination of Trujillo; the Americanization of Puerto Rico; and the newly introduced associated status of the former British colonies in the Lesser Antilles. Here decolonization, after the collapse of the British West Indies Federation in 1962, was being re-stated as fragmentation in the case of Anguilla. A major feature of the south-east Caribbean was the independence of Trinidad and Tobago in 1962 and Guyana in 1966, but each was wracked by East Indian-Creole tension and politico-racial rivalry. The final section of the chapter dealt with a visit to Cuba in 1969, a decade after Castro’s revolution.
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