Native mariners discovered the Caribbean thousands of years before Columbus arrived. When Spanish ships landed at Guanahani, on October 12, 1492, the Greater Antilles were densely inhabited by diverse Native peoples. Speaking several languages, they lived in independent and self-sufficient communities. Centuries earlier, large Taíno chiefdoms had expanded over several islands, establishing a sphere of […]
Rebellious slaves battle French troops in Saint Domingue, now Haiti
Africans resisted slavery at every point. There were rebellions on board the ships that carried them across the oceans, which […]
“John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, But his soul goes marching on.”
John Brown in […]
The Amistad Rebellion tells the story of a group of slaves who rose up. Ken Olende looks at a revolt that caught the imagination of poor people everywhere—and showed slaves could win
Historian Marcus Rediker spoke to Ken Olende about the struggles that took place aboard the ships of early capitalism.
The first strike wasn’t in a factory or an office. […]
In a desperate bid to head off a Scottish Yes vote, David Cameron evoked a mythical British Empire that had given democracy to the poor and freedom to the slaves. Here Ken Olende looks back at what life was really like when Britannia ruled the waves.
Members of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) representing national reparations committees and councils from across the region met recently at the Regional HQ of […]
April 2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, a heroic uprising against the British Empire in its oldest colonial territory.
But this month also marks the […]
A map of the transatlantic slave trade
People across the political spectrum acknowledge that racism exists, but its origins are shrouded in mystery—deliberately so.
Racism is presented as if it has […]