Caribbean History: Inhumanism And Colonialism In The Caribbean

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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…show more content…
By 1791, in Saint Dominique, Toussaint L’Ouverture led a great slave uprising in the name of anti-colonialism and slavery. This uprising was one of the catalyst that led to Haiti’s independence. As other colonies press towards independence, relinquishing ties with slavery and colonialism, these nations overlooked the sharing of a common plight and abandoned cooperative socialism, “a reformist theory that regards cooperation as one of the chief means for the peaceful and gradual transformation of capitalism into socialism” (Farlex, 2016). This resulted in fragmented nationalism. They regarded each other as competitors. “The Caribbean provides a unique perspective on the problems of nation-building in an area of dense populations, scarce resources, and an explosive political climate” (Toney, 2011). However, in recent times there has been remarkable strides made to unify the territories through intercommunity institutions, for example, Caricom and
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