Suggested Reading List
1492, The Year the World Began
Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Description: Fernandez-Armesto looks not just at the Americas and Spain but Italy, China, Japan and the Islamic world in this sweeping history.
A Traveller's History of the Caribbean
Author: James Ferguson
Description: A concise history of the Caribbean Islands, beginning with a description of their formation and geologic attrib-utes and carrying through to the first civilizations in the region, right the way up to the modern tourism boom.
Caribbean Islands Explorer Map
Author: Ocean Explorer Maps
Description: A double-sided, full-color visitor's map.
Central America Map
Description: A detailed map of the Central American isthmus at a scale of 1:1,100,000.
Author: Michael Wood
Description: A lively, illustrated account of the Spanish conquest of the New World by the intrepid writer-filmmaker Michael Wood,
Fiesta, Days of the Dead & Other Mexican Festivals
Author: Chloe Sayer
Description: Drawing on her travels all over Mexico, Chloe Sayer (The Skeleton at the Feast) mixes religious tradition, popular culture and folk art in this colorfully illustrated survey of Mexican celebrations.
Fishwatcher's Field Guide Caribbean
Author: I Greenberg
Description: A convenient double-sided plastic card showing 75 reef fish of the Caribbean.
Maya Art and Architecture
Author: Mary Ellen Miller
Description: An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Maya artistic influence. With 200 illustrations, 50 in color, including site plans, maps, strikingly rendered reconstructions and color photographs of key temples and buildings.
Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
Author: Dennis Tedlock (Editor)
Description: The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya.
Rum, A Social and Sociable History
Author: Ian Williams
Description: Williams restores rum's rightful place in history in this spirited tale, taking us from its origins in the plantations of Barbados through Puritan and Revolutionary New England, where rum played an important role, to modern production.
Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life
Author: Paul Humann
Description: Humann's compact guide illustrates Caribbean fishes, corals, invertebrates and plants commonly encountered in shallower water.
The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs
Author: Linda Schele, Peter Mathews
Description: A vivid guided tour of seven Maya sites, including Palenque, Tikal and Chichen Itza. This outstanding book features photos and line drawings throughout, and introductory chapters with a succinct introduction to Maya history and culture.
The Conquistadors, A Very Short Introduction
Author: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Matthew Restall
Description: This provocative book by two leading historians explores who the conquistadors were and what made their adventures possible.
Author: Michael Coe
Description: The eighth edition of Coe's clear, concise and authoritative, illustrated survey of the Maya.
The Sugar Barons
Author: Matthew Parker
Description: Parker interweaves the histories of the Caribbean, the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire with the human stories of visitors and slaves, overseers and soldiers and families whose fortunes rose and fell on the sugar of the West Indies.
Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates
Author: David Cordingly
Description: Meet Blackbeard and Captain Kidd along with lesser-known rogues and brigands in this rip-roaring portrait of pirates of the Caribbean.