Books on the History of Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies


December 18, 2023

972. Books on Mexico, Central America, West Indies

Further Reading:

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Michael D. Coe Breaking the Maya Code, 1992.

American anthropologist and archeologist Michael D. Coe imparts the knowledge he gained from decades of studying Mayan artifacts. He shares the discovery of the language and grammar used by the Mayans. In addition, he explores ruins and tells us what they reveal about the culture itself.

Laurent Dubois Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, 2012.

American historian Laurent Dubois tells of the turbulent history of Haiti, from it’s founding in the aftermath of a slave revolt to the horrific years following the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Jonathan Evan Maslow Bird of Life, Bird of Death: A Naturalist’s Journey through a Land of Political Turmoil, 1986.

Naturalist Jonathan Maslow travels Central America searching for the quetzal, the legendary bird of the Mayans. In searching the rainforests, he encounters many magnificent birds and writes of threats to their existence.

John Ross Rebellion from the Roots: Indian Uprising in Chiapas, 1995.

Freelance journalist John Ross examines the events surrounding the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas. It covers the period through the 1994 elections and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation activities.

John Womack Jr. Zapata and the Mexican Revolution, 1970.

Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), the hero of the Mexican Revolution, rose from peasant leader of a village in the state of Morelos to hero because of his efforts to gain agrarian reform. He later led guerilla attacks for the agrarian cause. John Womack also covers the political events that formed the backdrop of Zapata’s efforts.

Carlos Eire Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, 2004.

Carlos Eire, the son of a municipal judge, was raised in an island paradise surrounded by joy, friends, and a loving family. But in 1962, when he was only eleven, Carlos left that world when he was airlifted out with 14,000 other children, leaving his parents behind. The Cuban Revolution had begun three years before, forever changing Cuba and Carlos’s world.

Albert Marrin Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and His Buccaneers, 1999.

Historian Albert Marrin tells the story of Henry Morgan, the Welsh-born adventurer called a pirate by some and a buccaneer by others. He recounts Morgan’s adventures on the sea and his time as Governor of Jamaica.

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