The Black Jacobins Setting & Symbolism

James, C.L.R.
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Hispaniola

Hispaniola was the Spanish name given by Columbus and the Spanish conquistadors to the second largest island in the West Indies. Today the island is divided into Haiti in the west, and the Dominican Republic in the east. Hispaniola gave the Spanish strategic access to other islands in the West Indies, Mexico, and South America.

San Domingo

San Domingo is another term for the island of Hispaniola. During colonial times, the island as a whole was often referenced according to its capital, San Domingo. Now the capital of the Dominican Republic, James uses the term “San Domingo” to describe the island.

Haiti

Haiti is the country that is founded, in 1804, by freed slaves at the end of the events in The Black Jacobins. The word Haiti is said to come from an indigenous word meaning “mountainous land.” In The Black Jacobin, the word “Haiti” only makes appearances...

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