A compact-and comprehensive introduction to the West Indies--the Antilles, not to be confused with the U.S. Virgin Islands--this text invites the reader on a tour of America's most accessible tropical paradise. Controlled by Britain, France, and the Netherlands, these varied islands run from off the coast of Cuba to the coast of South America. Uncharted jungles and lavish pleasure beaches, waste land and fertility, are to be found in close proximity in the Antilles. John Caldwell distinguishes the islands, one from another, stressing not only their resources and histories, but allowing to each its particular charm. An efficient textbook supplement, Let's Visit the West Indies has the added dimension of a travelogue.