This volume provides what its title suggests, important historical and general information on the Caribbean island commonly known as Hispaniola and the two countries that coexist there: Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The five complete works included herein are:
"The History of the Island of Dominica," by Thomas Atwood begins by the first encounter with the fleet of Christopher Columbus and emphasizes the island's colonial history.
"A Roving Commission," by G. A.Henty, provides an account of the Haitian "insurrection" led by Toussaint L'Ouverture. This work should be compared to the writings of Harriet Martineau.
"The Hour and the Man," by Harriet Martineau, provides insights into Toussaint L'Ouverture, Haiti's greatest hero. who led the country to freedom from France, that are rarely provided by other writers. Without the defeat of the forces of Napoleon's French empire, it is unlikely that the United States would ever have had the opportunity to make the Louisiana Purchase.
"Self-Determining Haiti," by James Weldon Johnson, describes the role of the United States involvement in Haiti during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and various American interventions and agreements.
"Santo Domingo: A Country With a Future," written in the early twentieth century by Otto Schoenrich, provides an optimistic prognosis for the Dominican Republic that should be compared to the reality of current events.