THE CARIBBEAN: Postwar Pattern

The first West Indian Conference of the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission ended last week at Bridgetown, Barbados.* Visiting newsmen feasted on flying fish, yams and rum, were bored. But the delegates representing U.S. and British possessions in the West Indies were enthusiastic about this bold, cooperative attempt to solve the problems of a painfully depressed region.

The West Indian islands, largely isolated from one another, had exchanged few products, little information. In effect, they had been agricultural sweatshops, dependent on distant and uncertain markets. When German U-boats broke into the Caribbean and destroyed or scared away most of its shipping, a...

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