Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Canada and the Caribbean

Sorry I haven't put up much in the way of original writing in the last week and a bit...I've been busy with other things. I do have a start on a sizeable post that I hope to finish in the next few days.

In the meantime, while looking for historical material relevant to a particular facet of this work, I came across these two interesting articles from Seven Oaks about the historical relationship between Canada and the Caribbean, and Canada's role in colonialism and slavery there.


Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this.

There was a time, in the early 20th century, when the incorporation of the British West Indies in the Canadaian confederation was contemplated.

In the 20th century, Canadian banks (in particular the Royal Bank of Canada, the Bank of Nova Scotia, and CIBC) have had a substantial and very profitable corporate presence in the anglophone Caribbean.

Add to this the fact that the Canadian subsidiary of Alcoa- ALCAN- derived massive, virtually untaxed, profits from the bauxite and alumina workings in British Guiana and Jamaica (which supplied the greater part of United States bauxite imports just after WW2

The Canadian security services -- esp the RCMP -- worked hand in hand with the British and American agencies in dirty tricks in British Guiana in the early 1960s, and maintained an important presence into the present.

Yours truly, a Caribbean historian who happened to find his way to your blog ....

David Evans said...

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. There is a lot of untapped resources on this topic, as I discovered while doing the three articles.