West Indies Federation


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West Indies Federation

A group of ten former British colonies in the West Indies, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. It was established in 1958 and slated for independence in 1962 but broke up in May 1962 because of economic disagreements among the members. Most of the constituent islands and island groups gained their independence as separate nations in the 1970s and early 1980s.
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The first was in 2012 against the West Indies Federation team.
That state of disunity was all too clearly revealed when the West Indies Federation collapsed in 1962, only four short years after its inception.
Faced with the threat of Communism in the western hemisphere and especially the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba, successive administrations came increasingly to rely on the West Indies Federation as a bulwark against Communism.
External support for the West Indies Federation (WIF), however, was not enough and the project fell apart because of conflicts within the West Indies, revealing the limits of international influence on Caribbean relationships.
Albert Marryshow, one of the fathers of the West Indies Federation, whose "highflown phrases and literary allusions" the boy may have listened to (7).
Four years later he was elected the Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation, the first and only man to fill the short-lived role.

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