A Lesser Dependency

A Lesser Dependency A trenchant critique of modern civilization A Lesser Dependency movingly describes how one family s tropical heaven became hell In the inhabitants of Diego Garcia a small island in the middle o

  • Title: A Lesser Dependency
  • Author: Peter Benson
  • ISBN: 9781846881923
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • A trenchant critique of modern civilization, A Lesser Dependency movingly describes how one family s tropical heaven became hell In 1971 the inhabitants of Diego Garcia, a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a place too small to find on a map and one of the last paradisical outposts of the Empire, were suddenly evicted from their homes to make way for a US milA trenchant critique of modern civilization, A Lesser Dependency movingly describes how one family s tropical heaven became hell In 1971 the inhabitants of Diego Garcia, a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a place too small to find on a map and one of the last paradisical outposts of the Empire, were suddenly evicted from their homes to make way for a US military base.

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    1. This is a story about the results of uncaring US self interest and brutal British colonial connivance that I was completely unaware of. Before I deal with the novel itself, as the first reviewer, I think it important to put it into historical context. In the mid 1960's, Diego Garcia was a relatively unspoilt and isolated tropical island in the Indian Ocean with a population of nearly 2,000 people. The US wanted an uninhabited island in that area on which to build a base to support their naval fl [...]

    2. The Chagos Islanders live a simple life, fishing, growing a few vegetables and working on the copra plantations. The island of Diego Garcia has a fine natural harbour and the US want it for a military base, so the copra company and British government sell it to them. The plantation is closed, construction work destroys the fishing and bulldozes the vegetable gardens, the islanders become a destitute embarrassment and are eventually evacuated.This is the story of one family from Diego Garcia who [...]

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