A Small Place | Study Guide

Jamaica Kincaid

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A Small Place | Key Figures

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Vere Cornwall Bird Vere Cornwall "V.C." Bird is the former prime minister of Antigua. Still in power when Kincaid was writing A Small Place, he consolidated authority and controlled the Antiguan government for over 20 years. Read More
George Walter George Walter is "the other Prime Minister of Antigua" Kincaid mentions in Section 3. He served a brief five-year term as prime minister before Bird, the leader of the ruling political party, had him imprisoned. Read More
Vere Cornwall Bird Jr. Vere Cornwall Bird Jr. is one of the two sons of the prime minister Kincaid discusses in Section 3. He's a member of Bird's cabinet. Read More
Lester Bird Lester Bird is one of the two sons of the prime minister Kincaid discusses in Section 3. He's a member of Bird's cabinet. Read More
Francois Duvalier Francois Duvalier, known as "Papa Doc," is a former dictator of Haiti, a Caribbean country. Read More
Jean-Claude Duvalier Jean-Claude Duvalier, known as "Baby Doc," is the son of Francois Duvalier in Haiti. Read More
Maurice Bishop Maurice Bishop was an authoritarian prime minister of Grenada, a Caribbean country. Read More
The Barclay Brothers The Barclay brothers are two slave traders who became bankers when slavery was outlawed in the 19th century. They owned Barclays Bank in Antigua.
Bradley Carrot Bradley Carrot is the third Acting Governor General of Antigua. After the first two men in the position die mysteriously, Kincaid says Carrot is "looking over his shoulder."
The Codrington Family The Codrington family were English explorers in the 17th century who saw slave-trading potential in Antigua and Barbuda.
Cutie Francis Cutie Francis is Prime Minister V.C. Bird's girlfriend. A powerful woman in Antigua who owns many businesses and attends cabinet meetings, she's called "Evita" by Antiguans. Kincaid mentions her as Evita in Section 1 as an example of government abuse of power.
Horatio Nelson Horatio Nelson was an admiral in the British Royal Navy in the late 18th century. A street in Antigua is named after him. Kincaid describes him as an "English maritime criminal."
Queen Victoria Queen Victoria was the monarch of Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. Since Antigua was a British colony, she was also the monarch of Antigua. Kincaid mentions that her birthday is an Antiguan holiday.
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