Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The shot at the mercy gate

Juan Pablo Duarte’s progressive vision for the Dominican Republic sparked the February 1844 insurrection. But, as James Ferguson recounts, it was quickly thwarted by the forces of history.

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The taste of home: Christmas recipes from the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, Christmas is time for a feast. But how do you recreate the taste of home when you’re far away? Clara Gonzalez gets creative.

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Massacre River of blood

James Ferguson recalls the 1937 tragedy of the Massacre River, a bloody day in the histories of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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The Caribbean at the 2012 Olympic games

Kwame Laurence looks at the Caribbean athletes heading for the London Olympic Games, identifies the ones to watch, and weighs their chances of success.

Illustration by James Hackett

Rafael Trujillo: boss of a banana republic

The rule of Rafael Trujillo was a dark time for the Dominican Republic. James Ferguson remembers the man who called himself “The Benefactor”.

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Island Beat (November/December 1996)

News from around the islands .

The westernaustralia2011.com Clipper sailing in the English Channel. Photograph courtesy Onedition

Happenings (May/June 2008)

A brief look at the events that will have the Caribbean buzzing in May and June.

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Island Beat (Summer 1994)

Carnival in Antigua, art in St. Lucia, diving in Grenada, folk traditions in Tobago, jewellery in Trinidad, chess in Barbados, and much more.

A masquerader `making a joyful sound and jumping up in the air`. Photograph by Andre Alexander

Happenings (January/February 2010)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar.

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Island Beat (January/February 1998)

Chronicling life round the islands. .

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