The French in the West Indies

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ByW. Adolphe RobertsBOBBS-MERRILL
THE frequency with which the word “Martinique” recurs in the headlines is calculated to focus attention on this outpost of French influence in the Caribbean. The whole story of French conquest and settlement in the Caribbean is at once colorful and sultry. The violence of nature in t his semitropical area is matched hy the violence of man. There have been few natural catastrophes comparable in suddenness and completeness with the eruption of Mont Pelée in Martinique’ in 1902. The French Revolution found its repercussion in Haiti and Santo Domingo in the fierce Negro uprising which found a competent leader in Toussaint L’Ouverture, and left Haiti the sole black republic in the American hemisphere, with an inheritance of French culture for its governing class and a revival of voodooism among the masses. While the book does not pretend to bring out any strikingly new facts, the interesting narrative is vividly and pleasantly told and concludes with an up-to-date description of the situation in Martinique. W. H. C.
M. H. C. WILLIAM HENRY CHAMBERLIN
J. C. JOHN COURNOS
R. E. D. RICHARD ELY DANIELSON
W. F. WILSON FOLLETT
M. G. MARY GAULT
R. M. G. ROBERT M. GAY
G. DE S. GEOROE DE SANTILLANA
E. S. ELLERY SEDGWICK
T. H. T. T. H. THOMAS