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The Disputatious Caribbean

The West Indies in the Seventeenth Century

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sarah Barber
    Pages 1-7
  3. Sarah Barber
    Pages 9-44
  4. Sarah Barber
    Pages 45-81
  5. Sarah Barber
    Pages 83-117
  6. Sarah Barber
    Pages 119-153
  7. Sarah Barber
    Pages 155-191
  8. Sarah Barber
    Pages 193-196
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-267

About this book


This history of the 'Torrid Zone' offers a comprehensive and powerfully rich exploration of the 17th century Anglophone Atlantic world, overturning British and American historiographies and offering instead a vernacular history that skillfully negotiates diverse locations, periodizations, and the fraught waters of ethnicity and gender.


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About the authors

Sarah Barber is a Senior Lecturer of History at Lancaster University, UK.

Bibliographic information


“Sarah Barber’s examination of what was called the ‘torrid zone’ between Carolina and the sun-drenched islands near the equator brings what life was during the seventeenth century there in a way that is both concise and complete. This is a book will be a valuable addition to the libraries of researchers trying to construct a fuller picture of who those original settlers of Carolina were. … Barber’s book is a slim volume, but one packed with valuable information.” (Carolina Chronicles Magazine, June, 2016)