The West Indian Presence and Heritage in Cuba
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The West Indian Presence and Heritage in Cuba

By Paulette A. Ramsay
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Book Description

Voluntary migration from Jamaica to Cuba began in 1875 when a small group of Jamaicans went to Cuba to participate in the War of Independence as part of the Cuban Liberation Army. A second wave of migration from Jamaica to Cuba occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when West Indians sought opportunities to work on sugar plantations and in the sugar mills. As the demand for sugar increased worldwide, many West Indians travelled to Cuba between the 1920s and the 1960s, when they started to work on the US naval base in Guantanamo. The chapters of this book speak in different ways to the links, lost and maintained, between West Indian descendants in Cuba and Jamaica. Communities in Guantánamo, Banes, Santiago de Cuba and other areas are testimonies of the interest in maintaining connections and sharing their West Indian historical and cultural heritage. This book bears witness to the tremendous contributions of West Indians to the Cuban nation and to nation building worldwide.

Table of Contents
  • Title page
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Photographs from the Symposium
  • Introduction
  • PART 1. WEST INDIAN CULTURAL RETENTIONS IN CUBA: CRICKET
    • 1. El cricket como elemento cultural eidentitario de la cultura anglo-caribeña en Cuba
    • 2. Primer partido oficial de cricket en Cuba después del triunfo de la Revolución
  • PART 2.WEST INDIAN MIGRANTS IN CUBA: SOCIAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
    • 3. Inmigración jamaicana en Guantánamo
    • 4. La inmigración jamaicana en el noreste más oriental cubano
    • 5. El pueblo de Costa Rica
    • 6. El triunfo revolucionario de 1959 en Cuba
    • 7. La ruta de Marcus Garvey en Cuba
    • 8. Aportes e influencias de la inmigración anglocaribeña a la cultura cubana en Guantánamo
    • 9. Huellas de la emigración anglófonaen el Central “Los Reynaldos”
  • PART 3. SYMBOLS OF WEST INDIAN MIGRATION TO CUBA
    • 10. The Voice of Guaso
  • PART 4. PRESERVING WEST INDIANHERITAGE IN CUBATHE ROLE OF WOMEN
  • 11. Género, migración e integración al espacio urbano en Guantánamo
  • 12. Silence, Struggle and Triumph
  • PART 5. THE ROLE OF MEMORY IN PRESERVING WEST INDIAN HERITAGE IN CUBATES: TIMONIALS
    • 13. Tras las huellas de un descendiente, George Astor Andrews
    • 14. Re-experiencing Life throughthe Prism of Memory
    • 15. Family and Childhood Memories
    • 16. Apuntes de la vida de emigrantes que hicieron familia en Guantánamo
    • 17. Digging up the Trunk of My West Indian Family-in-Law
  • Photographs
  • Contributors
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