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A Caribbean History

Hillsborough: a plantation in Dominica

Kathy MacLean and Karen Mears with Polly Pattullo
Publication date: October 2011
Paperback: 12 full-colour illustrated cards with a 32-page booklet in a plastic wallet
ISBN: 9780953222476
Price: £19.50
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Little has been written about Dominica’s estates, many of them now lost to the bush or abandoned. Now, A Caribbean History – Hillsborough: A Plantation in Dominica tells the story of one of the island’s most important and historic estates – one that is still worked and whose history stretches back to the time when Kalinago people lived on the estate’s flat lands at the mouth of the Layou River.

A Caribbean History is presented as an educational pack for the age group at the top of primary school and first years of secondary school – with 12 beautifully illustrated cards with research, questions and activities for students. The cards are supported by an extensively researched booklet for teachers. The pack is structured to be taught across the curriculum.

The story of Hillsborough is also a Caribbean history – for what happened at Hillsborough is typical of other estates in the region. This story embraces the main themes of Caribbean history: from sugar to tourism, from slavery to freedom, hurricanes and revolt. Importantly, Hillsborough also links with the industrial revolution in England for the Greg family, who owned Hillsborough for 150 years, were also the owners of Quarry Bank mill, near Manchester, one of the largest textile mills in England.

REVIEWS

I commend this pack very warmly. The materials for pupils are attractively illustrated and clearly written, and the activities and research projects which they suggest are imaginative and thoughtful, and reflect substantial professional expertise on the part of the authors. The material for teachers is informative, engaging and stimulating. Throughout the pack there is a strong sense of narrative and chronology, and of personalities and real people, and there is a superb balance of particularity on the one hand and universal values and concerns on the other.

— Robin Richardson, UK educator and consultant, and author of Daring To Be a Teacher and Inclusive Schools, Inclusive Society

The pack is a wonderful piece of work. It is beautifully written and perfectly balanced in revealing some of the horrors that went on there during the period of enslavement without overwhelming the reader and putting them off. The images in the pack are a delight and very appropriate for children as well as adults. They beautifully illustrate aspects of the writing yet exists firmly in their own right as strong images of Dominica’s history. Were I in a position to do so I would have it in the library of every school in the anglophone Caribbean, both primary and secondary.

— Paul Dash, Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies, Goldsmiths University of
London