All islands in the Caribbean share a similar colonial history which has caused creolization of languages, communities and culture. These creole language function as symbols of identity to those that are mainly of African and indigenous decent. This research paper written by Diana Ursulin Mopsus of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, entitled, “The Attitudes Toward Caribbean Creoles of European Descended Communities in Martinique and St. Croix” has the Caribbean as its target audience. The research problem proposed is, what are the attitudes of propertied European descended people towards Caribbean creoles, in particular, toward Martinican and Crucian. This research is important to the Caribbean because in order to gain a fuller understanding of the sociolinguistic situation of the Caribbean, the attitudes toward creole of propertied descendants of early European settlers who were born and raised in Martinique and St. Croix, must be analysed.
The Maroons of Jamaica originally came from West Africa. Some of them were IBO, a tribe from eastern Nigeria. The slave trade between 1590 and 1840 concerned three different cultures from three different continents involved in an elaborate system of barter in enslaved Africans. Europeans comb African countries looking for gold, ivory, spices and cheap labour for their plantations in the Americas; traveling routes first navigated in the 15th century. The Henrietta Marie was typical of the small merchant ships and traders that ply the Atlantic on their way to the Americas and the West Indies at the turn of the 18th century.
Methodology in Practice: Michelle Cliff’s novel Abeng and her essay "If I Could Write this in Fire" personify the historical process in the Caribbean. Cliff’s works portray the images of the political, social, cultural, and economic issues discussed by Sidney Mintz and Antonio Benitez-Rojo. Cliff’s literary works depict the contemporary social and cultural constructs of Jamaican society. In this process of interpretation and devolution of Michelle Cliff’s portraits of Jamaican society the remnants of colonialism truly become apparent. Consequently, Cliff’s desire to make sense of the current deplorable conditions of racial inequality has prompted her to ‘look back’ and as she states in her essay: To try and locate the vanishing point: where lines of perspective converge and disappear.
The Effect of Slavery on the Identity of Cuba The Caribbean is a diverse region with a unique history. The progress and advancement of each island complied with the European country in control of it at the time. The Caribbean was conquered and colonized soon after Columbus’ discovery in 1492. A similar aspect of the heterogeneous region has been its plantations. The plantations were an important aspect of the cultural history of the Caribbean.
Haiti, a small island near the Caribbean was stumbled upon by Christopher Columbus in December of 1492 he referred to the island as “La Isla Espanola” (History of Haiti). However, Arawak Indians who called the island “Hayti” inhabited the Island. In the early years of Haiti the Spanish, Britain, and France were fighting for it for new territory. Towards the 17th century, the native Indians became extinct and the French ruled the Island. Once under the French regulation they decided to use the island for it sufficient of resources such as coffee, cotton, sugar cane, and cocoa.
As the French, Dutch and British began their exploration of the Caribbean, Spain was encouraged expedite its settlement of its existing colonies. Rapid settlement, coupled with Charles III’s 1789 policy of free trade in African slavery, led to the development of plantations, and a slave society (Howard, 2). By the beginning of the nineteenth century the stage was set for Cuba to become the biggest sugar producer in the world. The previous leading producer, San Domingue had almost lost its hold on the sugar trade altogether, due to the revolution. The United States was newly independent form European rules and looking for new trade partners; there was an opening in the market.
How can he claim he was the s... ... middle of paper ... ...ombing was planed by the government " the next historian will use this information for his own report. On the other hand, some historian books say that he had invaded the west Indies this is because he has set foot into an area saying that he had discoverd it when clearly there were people living there. Another reason is that some books had said that the Vikings from Iceland and Greenland reached there almost 500 years before Columbus. I personally think that Columbus has invaded the west Indies because of the way they were treated by the Spaniards (mention in the invading paragraph). I think he was responsible for the ethical cleansing of the arawaks because he had slowly wiped them out by selling them and giving them diseases.
b. Context & Jamaica’s Parishes Map Kingston is located in the Parish of St. Andrew in the south- eastern section of the island II. Jamaica’s History and Composition a. 1692-1962 Colonial Jamaica: The Two Cities Jamaica was colonized in 1692 by Britain inevitably creating two cities within the island of one people, the indigenous and the “traditional oriented settlement,” which were both quintessentially colonial 6. In the early 16th century, Jamaica served as the main seaport in the slave trade and the exportation of natural goods; most predominately sugar cane, bananas and later on bauxite.
History of the Bahamas The Bahama Islands were discovered on October 12, 1942 by Christopher Columbus. Columbus and his Spanish crew stumbled upon the archipelago while looking for a trade route to the wealth of the West Indies and named is San Salvador. (Craton, pg. 30) The Spanish settlers encountered the native Bahamians, the Lucayans upon thier arrival. The Lucayans were a primitive race of farmers and fisherman that had migrated north from Venezuela to escape the cannibalistic Caribs.
Incidentally, Bertha Mason also reflects a side of colonialism, though Charlotte Brontë wrote Jane Eyre two centuries after The Tempest was produced. Beginning in the eighteenth century, British imperialism led to more racialized thought. Furthermore, the Europeans came to view new lands as "hostile environments" (Charters 216). Bertha is from Spanish Town, Jamaica in the West Indies. Her mother was a Creole—a person of mixed European and black race from the Caribbean.