Gunga Peas Books
by Jacqueline Grant

Stories of the Caribbean (Mostly)

Growing up in the Caribbean I loved disappearing into stories. Gunga Peas Books stories are a little silly, sometimes serious, they often capture a flavor of the Caribbean, and always celebrate diversity. Click on the links above to explore our site.

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My Story

An Island Girl

I grew up on a sugar plantation in Jamaica. Everything about my childhood is still part of what is important to me today. 

I studied history at the University of Miami, in Florida and I have a Ph.D. in Caribbean and Latin American history. I teach World history to 9th graders but in my spare time, I publish books, workbooks, and lesson plans through Gunga Peas Books.

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The Not-So-Sweet History of Caribbean Sugar

From the very beginning, the history of Caribbean sugar and the history of Caribbean slavery were linked together. This book tells the story of how sugar cane came to be so important in the Caribbean during the colonial period bringing the sugar planters fantastic wealth while working enslaved Africans literally to death. In this workbook, students will learn how the industry developed, about the Atlantic slave system, and the way sugar was made during colonial times. There is a list of New Words, as well as activities for students at the end of each chapter. I have included suggestions for further reading for teachers and homeschooling parents.