Histoire

  • Vers 1930, le quotidien de la Guyane française est dominé par la présence du bagne. Trente ans plus tard, c'est la construction du Centre spatial guyanais qui marque le développement local et conditionne l'installation de nouvelles infrastructures. Jusque-là, faute de voies terrestres, le littoral et les fleuves sont les seules composantes du réseau intérieur, tandis que les rares liaisons extérieures sont le fait des armements métropolitains.
    De l'exploitation forestière à la recherche minière, en passant par l'aquaculture et la pêche, son évolution est faite de perspectives de développement, riches de promesses souvent non tenues.
    Piliers de la vie locale à qui ce livre rend un hommage appuyé, les seules constantes de l'histoire de la Guyane sont les nombreux petits armateurs et propriétaires de navires locaux qui, par leur courage et leur obstination, ont su faire face aux exigences de cette région si riche et si particulière.
    À partir de ses souvenirs, d'archives spécialisées et d'entretiens avec de nombreux professionnels du secteur maritime, l'auteur, homme de terrain, ni homme de lettres, ni historien, nous offre là une histoire maritime concrète des territoires français d'Amérique.

  • El presente libro versa sobre el papel de la Iglesia católica y sus misiones en los Imperios ibéricos del siglo xix y el primer tercio del siglo xx. En concreto, aborda las relaciones entre el poder civil y el eclesiástico en contextos coloniales en un período de intensa modernización de las estructuras imperiales. Con una perspectiva comparada entre los distintos espacios que componían los diferentes imperios, la obra refleja el papel que desempeñan los misioneros como un cuerpo intermedio entre colonizadores y colonizados, siempre en contacto e interacción con las poblaciones locales, así como la compleja relación entre el poder colonial y las misiones religiosas. El indudable apoyo mutuo partía de intereses que eran en parte divergentes, lo cual provocó conflictos en no pocas ocasiones. Todo ello en el marco de una relación Iglesia-Estado que, en las mismas metrópolis, no careció de importantes roces y dificultades.

  • This book deals with the Physical Geography of the West Indies. (With illustrations).
    The study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals has revealed facts almost as enigmatical as the origin of life itself.... The first Spanish explorers of the Antilles were, in fact, so amazed at the apparently complete absence of quadrupeds that their only explanation was a conjecture that the beasts of the forest must have been exterminated by order of some native potentate, perhaps the great Kubla Khan, whose possessions they supposed to extend eastward from Lake Aral to the Atlantic. The chronicle of Diego Columbus says positively that San Domingo and San Juan Bautista (Porto Rico) were void of mammals, but afterward modifies that statement by mentioning a species of rodent, the hutia, or bush rat, that annoyed the colonists of Fort Isabel, and caused them to make an appropriation for importing a cargo of cats.Bush rats and moles were, up to the end of the sixteenth century, the only known indigenous quadrupeds of the entire West Indian archipelago, for the "Carib dogs," which Valverde saw in Jamaica, were believed to have been brought from the mainland by a horde of man-hunting savages.But natural history has kept step with the advance of other sciences, and the list of undoubtedly aboriginal mammals on the four main islands of the Antilles is now known to comprise more than twenty species. That at least fifteen of them escaped the attention of the Spanish Creoles is as strange as the fact that the Castilian cattle barons of Upper California did not suspect the existence of precious metals, though nearly the whole bonanza region of the San Joaquin Valley had been settled before the beginning of the seventeenth century. But the conquerors of the Philippines even overlooked a variety of elephants that roams the coast jungles of Mindanao.Eight species of those West Indian incognito mammals, it is true, are creatures of a kind which the Spanish zologists of Valverde's time would probably have classed with birdsbats, namely, including the curious Vespertilio molossus, or mastiff bat, and several varieties of the owl-faced Chilonycteris, that takes wing in the gloom preceding a thunderstorm, as well as in the morning and evening light, and flits up and down the coast rivers with screams that can be heard as plainly as the screech of a paroquet...

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