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Martin Bruckner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834695

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838723_bruckner

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Hurricanes and Revolutions

Hurricanes and Revolutions

(p.442) Hurricanes and Revolutions
Early American Cartographies

Martin Brückner

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that one map would suffice to capture an image of this doubly dangerous zone if one were to correlate areas under the threat of slave resistance with those subject to periodic and often-devastating hurricanes. The resulting map would correspond, perhaps unsurprisingly, to what Immanuel Wallerstein has defined as the extended Caribbean. Peter Hulme has offered one explanation of this region's extranational features: ecological integrity, its association in the European imagination with cannibalism, and its susceptibility to hurricanes. Hulme's study of the extended Caribbean closes at the end of the eighteenth century. For Hulme, it “is essentially an historical entity, one that came into being in the sixteenth century and that has slowly disappeared,” presumably replaced by the nationalized spaces that followed the U.S. War of Independence, the Haitian Revolution, and the later independence movements throughout the Antilles, the West Indies, and Latin America.

Keywords:   slave resistance, hurricanes, Immanuel Wallerstein, extended Caribbean, Peter Hulme

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