Benefits Of European Colonization On The Caribbean Essay

Benefits Of European Colonization On The Caribbean Essay

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“The meeting of Africans, Europeans, and the indigenous people in the Caribbean is arguably one of the most interesting and important aspects of world history. It was in this region that one could perceive the worst aspects of inhumanity juxtaposed with a story of survival and triumph of the human spirit. Caribbean history unfolds like a drama and is a continuing saga of wars of various types, conquest of different sorts, and above all, resistance” (Toney, 2011). In a time of exploration, discovery, and great Asian dynasties, Europeans set out to find new trade routes and discover territories unknown. Christopher Columbus, in 1492, accidently discovered an untouched world. For centuries to come Europeans in the name of civilization, religion, and hegemony pillaged and created a New World. This world created immense wealth, and flourishing European economies. The benefits of European colonization on the Caribbean are far outweighed by the prevailing adverse socio-cultural, political, and economic effects such as, the destruction of indigenous populations, fragmented nationalism amongst territories, and the origins of social underclass, all contributions to the region’s underdevelopment.
European colonization brought modern civilization to a territory comprised of tribes with similar cultures that had not evolved pass the iron age, however, this was done at the expense of the Amerindians, victims of genocide. Europeans met Aztecs, Tainos (Arawaks), Mayans, and Incas dispersed across The Greater and Lesser Antilles. The Amerindians were a homogenous people that walked across the Bering Strait from Mongolia during the Ice Age, subsequently branching off into tribes, and scattering themselves in different territories (Dyde,...


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...at racialized ideas shape policies and practices that reinforce color lines and perpetuate the urban crisis. Consequently, as long as community revitalization fails formally to identify, attack and dismantle structural barriers to inner city development, this movement’s contributions and successes will not be sustained over time” (Cole et al, 2001).
The legacy of colonialism on the Caribbean is a major contributing factor to its underdeveloped. At each evolutionary stage in the Caribbean’s development, as aforementioned, the impact of Europeans has in some form impacted the eventuality. Due to the socio- economic, cultural and political institutions implemented into Caribbean society by colonial rule. As the drama continue to unfold before our eyes, I suspect we will continue to witness a story of survival and the triumph of the human spirit.

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