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Lara Putnam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835821

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838136_putnam

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The Politics of Return and Fractures of Rule in the British Caribbean, 1930–1940

The Politics of Return and Fractures of Rule in the British Caribbean, 1930–1940

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(p.196) Six The Politics of Return and Fractures of Rule in the British Caribbean, 1930–1940
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Radical Moves
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Lara Putnam

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807838136_putnam.11

This chapter examines the deportation and return migration from Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Cuba, and the impact of preceding migrations and mobility restrictions. British Caribbean migrants who were pushed out of Spanish American republics sought refuge in the British colonies were restricted to the islands of their own or their parents' birth. As hostility toward British Caribbean migrants rose in Spanish American receiving societies and large-scale return threatened, British bureaucrats and island elites disavowed responsibility for the welfare of British subjects of color abroad, all the while pointing fingers at each other as the responsible parties. The chapter also examines the social and cultural revolutions that British Caribbeans generated in response.

Keywords:   deportation, return migration, Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Cuba, migrations, mobility restrictions, British Caribbeans, Spanish American republics

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