Illustration by Sally Davies

Caribbean Pirates: Low Life on the High Seas

The sordid truth behind the romance: what did those scurvy pirates really get up to?.

Annalee Davis: Betrayal (1993, acrylic, emulsion and watercolour, 131 x 100 cm). Photograph by Ron Griffith

Island Beat (Winter 1993)

A new transatlantic race for sailors, a new visitor attraction in Barbados, world championship golf in Jamaica, and Barbados artists shine at Carib Art.

Crop Over. Photograph by Eleanor Chandler

Pick of the Crop: Barbados’ Crop Over

Once the feast that marked the end of the sugar harvest, the Carnival-like Crop Over festival is now the biggest event in Barbados' calendar.

history

The People Before Columbus

Kim Johnson goes in search of the people who lived in the Caribbean before Columbus' caravels sailed over the eastern horizon.

The main entrance of El Convento de Belén. Built in the early 18th century and now being restored, the covent also serves as living quarters for specialist craftsmen working on the city's buildings. Photograph by Martin Charles

Saving Old Havana

The historic Spanish centre of Havana is being restored to its former splendour.

Cristóbal Colón, a portrait by R. Puiggari in De Lorques' biography

Quixote With a Cutlass: Re-examining Christopher Columbus

Stephen Knox, Marina Salandy-Brown and Cristina Fagg examines the record of the man whose arrival in the Caribbean five centuries ago holds the world's attention in October.

Illustration by Gabriel Woodham

Learning the Caribbean Language

The Caribbean gives a certain twist to conventional English. .

The Ospray in Trinidad, ready to retrace Slocum's Caribbean voyage

Joshua Slocum’s Journey

English sailor James Mellor is retracing the Caribbean voyage of Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail alone around the world..

history

The Christopher Columbus Question

Historians and critics around the globe are squabbling about Christopher Columbus. Was he a saint or a sinner?.

Trevor McDonald: Into the Lion’s Den

Trevor McDonald: Into the Lion’s Den

Trinidadian broadcaster Trevor McDonald tracked down President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad just before the Gulf War.