The Origins Of The Caribbean

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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 that there are limited accounts of early Caribbean historiography. Additional study revealed the absence of Caribbean historians, and the lack of written accounts by slaves. The present day Caribbean scholars sees the attempt of the European scholars to subdue the voice of the ex-slaves as a form of dominance. Historical Content The Caribbean islands have a history of slavery that dates to the 15th century. The Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, British, and French colonized the West Indies and North America. The British, and French developed a merchant-based investment in the growing and manufacturing of sugar. They saw potential and great profit in growing export-oriented crops. They worked at making sugar the island’s central trade, and varied the island’s income streams by growing tobacco, cotton and indigo. A large labor force was required for the growing and manufacturing of sugar. White indentured servants were the first to come to the West Indies, and given a contract that granted the... ... middle of paper ... ...il rights. Books by Cliff and Du Bois focuses on the awakening of the people, while the historian Gad Heuman, Killing Time and, C.L.R. James The Black Jacobins expose the abuse of colonial powers. Heuman narrative speaks about Jamaica’s Morant Bay rebellion of 1865, and the circumstances leading up to the time of the rebellion. C.L.R. James is a historian, journalist, playwright, professor, social theorist, and essayist who studied and fussed archival material from France, Britain, and San Domingo. His book examines the first slave revolution for independence, and the visualization of the struggle for freedom. James displays the slave revolt as an example of the struggle against oppression. The books used in this study provide the background information for the research on the way historians’ interpreted history and the methods used in analyzing Caribbean history.

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