The second edition of this island history has been completely revised and brought up to date. It describes the physical features, the Amerindian culture, European settlement and colonization. The bulk of this exciting story is concerned with the period from the seventeenth century to the present day. Montserrat's economic history, based first on sugar, then on cotton, limes and other products, is analysed, together with social developments from slavery to emancipation and modern politics and social patterns. This is a cultural history too, and the island's character and charm are communicated.
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Professor Sir Howard Fergus is Resident Tutor at the School of Continuing Studies, University of the West Indies (Montserrat), was Speaker of the Legislative Council (1975-2001) and has occasionally acted as Governor of the island since 1976. He was a member of the 1990-92 Independent West Indian Commission. He has written extensively on Montserratian society, including Volcano Song: Poems of an Island in Agony (Macmillan, 2000) and Hugo Versus Montserrat which he co-edited with E.A.Markham (1989).
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