Lost somewhere on the tropical fringe of the mystical Caribbean Basin lies the island of Poco Cabesa, a sun-drenched rock that, for countless millennia, was of little or no interest to anyone with any sense of smell.

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable." -- Seneca

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” — Seneca

For even the most astute scholar, attempting to understand this unusual speck of volcanic rock in a lonely sea is a bit like walking in after the first fifteen minutes of the latest 3D IMAX action epic with a jumbo bucket of popcorn in one hand and half a quart of soda in the other, or sitting down with a series fanatic for a binge viewing of “The Leftovers” — finding a firm footing will be as difficult as finding your seat.

However, the recent unsealing of the personal archives of the island’s one-time proprietor, Hiram Shlomo Klinkle, along with a recent oral history project by the Sons & Daughters of the Guano, have opened a vast trove of resources for historians. Thanks to these new sources and other materials I found in a trash bin behind my uncle’s garage, I have prepared this thesis and humbly submit it for the committee’s consideration.

The altar-cloth of one eon is the doormat of the next. — Mr. Twain

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