The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 40, Issue 1

Article 4
The Chaguaramas Affair in Trinidad and Tobago: An Intellectual Reassessment

Maurice St Pierre


This article assesses the efforts of Dr Eric Williams to use the US presence at
the Chaguaramas Base in Trinidad to make space for himself and the political independence movement in the political fabric of Trinidad and Tobago, by redefining the base from being a space for the security of the Western Hemisphere to one that was incompatible with the nationalist aspirations of the twin island. It uses a conflated theoretical perspective that privileges social movement theory, analysis of space, and intellectual activity and data from the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, and the Eric Williams Memorial Collection in Trinidad.