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“This exploration of localized sociocultural mixing and extensive, illicit commerce on a Dutch Caribbean island makes for a fascinating study of colonial agency. The Antilles was the most dynamic site of creolization and contraband in the early modern world. Anyone interested in Atlantic history will want to read this excellent book.”—Philip D. Morgan, author of Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry

“Rupert’s rich analysis of multiethnic Curaçao is an original and substantial contribution to Atlantic and Caribbean history. Her book is an excellent case study of creolization and contraband trade—phenomena that informed most, if not all, societies in the colonial Americas—and scholars of the Atlantic world will turn to it for comparative purposes.”—Wim Klooster, author of Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History

“With considerable research, Rupert . . . is able to connect the dots between culture formation and smuggling and to trace its development over the course of several centuries to the economic decline of Curaeao in the early 19th century. Important reading for Caribbeanists while testing the assumptions of students of broader cultural processes.” —R. M. Delson, Choice

“In [Creolization and Contraband], Linda M. Rupert offers the most complete history to date of the Dutch colony of Curaçao in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. . . . Her tying together of creolization and contraband within which Curaçaoans lived mean that this book’s theme resonate beyond the small island at its center.”—Christian Koot, American Historical Review

“The volume is a rich and complex presentation, well-researched and dense with information. . . . Brief summary sentences along with occasional overviews skillfully convey its core points.”—Alan F. Benjamin, The Americas

“[Creolization and Contraband] is a fascinating book that makes a valuable contribution to the study of colonial history in Latin American and the Caribbean.”—Latin American Review of Books

“[Rupert’s] engaging description of how Willemstad grew from Fort William to a larger conglomeration of neighborhoods mirrors her skill in describing the historical development of Curaçao’s Creole language. . . . [Creolization and Contraband] will be most widely read by students and specialists in Atlantic and Caribbean history, but the author nonetheless writes in a clear enough register to make this book appropriate to assign for upper-division undergraduate courses and to make sure that it will be appreciated by lay and local history aficionados alike.”—Kristen Block, History: Reviews of New Books

“[Creolization and Contraband] must be welcomed not only as a useful historical account from “the early modern Atlantic world,” but also as an important addition to the literature on an often neglected group of Caribbean islands.”—Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Journal of Anthropological Research

About the Author

Linda M. Rupert is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Product Details

  • Series: Early American Places
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820343064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820343068
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bentley S. Davis on February 28, 2013
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I have really enjoyed this book and learned a great deal about Curacao's history and the people who lived there. That being said, I feel like this was a series of academic papers strung together. While the book is very well researched with exhaustive notes, it is repetitive in places. Perhaps when the papers were compiled into a book, the redundancies were missed. But there have been several times were I feel I have read the same paragraph verbatim several pages ago. That being said, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Curacao.
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