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In Search of Eden / Essays on Dominican History

Andre, Irving W. and Christian, Gabriel J.

ISBN 10: 0969985754 / ISBN 13: 9780969985754
Published by Pond Casse Press, 2002
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Title: In Search of Eden / Essays on Dominican ...

Publisher: Pond Casse Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Irving Andre

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In Search of Eden is a fascinating and up to date (2002) history of Dominica; the book portrays a small Caribbean state's passage from colonial rule to sovereign nation. The 667 page book by two Dominican lawyers, Irving W. Andre and Gabriel J. Christian, who were themselves involved in the island's independence movement explores the history and progress of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica. An English speaking social democracy in the Eastern Caribbean, Dominica is peopled mostly by the descendants of the Carib people who Columbus met in his 1493 visit to the island, Africans who had fought enslavement and gained their freedom, along with others descended from French and English settlers. In recent times there have been an influx of Chinese, along with Haitians and Dominicans seeking a better life for themselves. The island is the most thickly forested and well watered island in the Caribbean and is a leader in environmental conservation and eco-tourism. Due to a well maintained system of national parks, the island has preserved a pristine environment which makes it very attractive to those who seek peace and quiet amidst nature's splendor. Dominica, considered the Nature Island of the Caribbean, due to its pristine rain forest, has had a fascinating history. From Columbus' 1493 encounter with the island, the early resistance of its indigenous Carib peoples, and the liberation struggles of enslaved Africans, the island continues to face challenges as it navigates towards some sense of nationhood. In recent times, the island has had to fend off South African subversion and an invasion attempt by Ku Klux Klan members. Often confused with its bigger Caribbean neighbour, the Dominican Republic, Dominica's people are quietly engaged in addressing the problem of development peculiar to mini states. The essays in this work focus on the issues of political independence, national identity, environmental protection and local literature, alongside the core theoretical issues which confront all small developing countries today.

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Irving W. André attended the Dominica Grammar School and Sixth Form College. He attended the University of the West-Indies in Jamaica where he was a Gold Medalist after graduating with a First Class Honours Degree (B.A.) in History, English and Philosophy. The recipient of a Graduate Award to pursue the PhD. in History from John Hopkins in Baltimore, Mr. André studied there for two years prior to studying law at Osgoode Hall School in Canada. In 1990, Mr. André was called to the Bar of Ontario, and has served as a Ministry of Labour prosecutor, an Assistant Crown Attorney and later, as a Criminal Defence lawyer. He was appointed a Justice in the Ontario Court of Justice in 2002. He holds a Master of Laws degree and has published several works on Dominican history and society. Gabriel J. Christian attended the Dominica Grammar School and Sixth Form College. He taught History at the Dominica Grammar School before attending the University of the District of Columbia College of Business and Public Management in Washington, D.C. where he graduated with a BBA in Procurement and Public Contracting. Mr. Christian studied law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. graduating with the degree of Juris Doctor in 1991. Mr. Christian was admitted to the Bar in 1991 and now practices law in Maryland. André & Christian co-authored In Search of Eden: Dominica, The Travails of a Caribbean Mini-State (1992) and In Search of Eden: Essays on Dominican History (2002). Mr. Christian also authored Rain on a Tin Roof in 1999. In 2007 Mr. Christian was appointed Judicial Commissioner to the Maryland Court of Appeals by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

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