Caribbean Historiography

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Historiography is the writing of history based on the analyzing of primary, secondary, orals sources and materials. The account becomes a literary narrative that must stand the test of critical examination methods and peer reviews. This research is to discover how historians interpret the accounts of Caribbean enslavement and the methods use in studying the significance of European contact with the Caribbean people during colonial times. The objective is to examine the diverse views and representations of the original documents on slave uprisings, diaries, letters, maps, court records of slave rebellion, and town records of the transactions of slaves during the 1700, and 1800 hundreds. Upon studying these reports and documents it is evident…show more content…
The British abolitionists were very vocal about the ill-treatment of slaves, but the French were the first to abolish slavery in 1794. Napoleon 1 reinstated slavery in 1802, but St Domingue fought back and won their independence on January 1, 1804. Great Britain slave trade was eventually abolished in 1807 and slavery ended in 1833.
Although slavery was officially abolished in 1838, as recent as the 1950s it was obvious that there were limited accounts of early Caribbean historiography. Professor Jean Besson MA, PhD a British published author of Caribbean cultural history research, reveals the neglect, by historians and anthropologists, that can be attributed to the European handbook of primitive untouched societies and methodology.
The knowledge gained from examining the diverse views and representations by Caribbean historians vs European historian would aid in future research to establish clear and concise information about written and oral slavery in the Caribbean. Further examination will decide whether the European historians deliberately subdued the voice of the ex-slaves as a form of
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The scholarly journals, books and articles examine the account of Caribbean slave uprisings and the influences of colonialism in the Caribbean. These sources give access to how Caribbean scholars approach cultures with no written records. The present source such as the Internet reviews Colonial laws, the “plantocratic” interpretation of marriage, separation, and the sales of slaves in the Caribbean. At present, the methodology focuses on the methods historians used to, commonly answer questions and examine the diverse views and representations of the original events.
The data collected, gives the reader a comprehension of how historians study the past, the questions often asked, the methods used to examine evidence and draw conclusions. It seeks to incorporate and establish that there are more historical accounts by Europeans historian than Caribbean, therefore, projecting an incomplete account of Caribbean history. In the end, the report will determine whether the history of the lower class (slaves) is yet
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