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(The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History.pdf) The history of Trinidad begins with a delusion the belief that somewhere nearby on the South American mainland lay El Dorado the mythical kingdom of gold In this extraordinary and often gripping book V S Naipaul himself a native of Trinidad shows how that delusion drew a small island into the vortex of world events making it the object of Spanish and English colonial designs and a mecca for treasure seekers slave traders and revolutionaries br br Amid massacres and poisonings plunder and multinational intrigue two themes emerge the grinding down of the Aborigines during the long rivalries of the El Dorado quest and two hundred years later the man made horror of slavery An accumulation of casual awful detail takes us as close as we can get to day to day life in the slave colony where in spite of various titles of nobility only an opportunistic near lawless community exists always fearful of slave suicide or poison of African sorcery and revolt Naipaul tells this labyrinthine story with assurance withering irony and lively sympathy The result is historical writing at its highest levelDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History books for multiple devices.