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Students will be expected to study the following topics in order to make themselves familiar with the major developments of Caribbean History.

I. Popular Protests in the 1930s

1. The economic, political and social factors which created the protests of the 1930s in the Caribbean.

2. The role of outstanding male and female protest leaders. 3. Consequences of the protests - the Moyne Commission, the development of trade unions and political parties; the emergence of male and female personalities.

J. Movements Towards Independence and Regional Integration up to 1985

1. Attempts at unification up to 1962 and reasons for failure and the results.

2. Constitutional steps towards Independence in the British-colonised territories.

3. Constitutional arrangements in the French and Dutch Antilles and Puerto Rico.




Students should be able to:

1. explain the reasons for the failure of the major attempts at unification in the British-colonised Caribbean before 1939;

2. assess the relationship between popular protest and political developments in the Caribbean between 1935-1958;

3. explain the reasons for the establishment of a federation of the British West Indies between 1945 and 1958;

4. explain the reasons for the failure of the British West Indies Federation in 1962;

5. describe the contribution made to Caribbean integration by outstanding personalities (male and female) in the English-speaking territories.

6. describe constitutional arrangements used by non English-speaking Caribbean territories as alternatives to independence.


1. Early attempts - Leeward Islands 1674, Leeward Islands 1871, Windward Islands 1874 - 1876. Economic, political and social reasons for failure.

2. Moyne Commission, outcomes of protests and riots, trade unions, political parties, adult suffrage and self - government.

3. Movement to establish a federation: Reasons for unity - economic, social and political similarities. Role of the Colonial office.

4. Reasons for failure - economic, political, and social factors.

5. Personalities involved in integration: early life, education, career, philosophy, impact on movement.

6. Alternatives to independence: (i) Plebisite and Commonwealth - Puerto Rico; (ii) Tripartite kingdom - Netherland Antilles; (iii) Départments - French Islands.

Caribbean Examinations Council. 2014. CSEC Caribbean History Syllabus Effective for examinations from May/June 2011. Retrieved from http://www.cxc.org
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