An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (New Directions in by S. Torres-Saillant

By S. Torres-Saillant

This can be first highbrow heritage of the Caribbean written through a best Caribbean reviews student. The publication examines either the paintings of natives of the area in addition to texts interpretive of the area produced by means of Western authors. Stressing the experimental and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the research considers significant questions within the box.

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Quintero Rivera that: “In the Caribbean, before the word, in the beginning it was the drum, rhythm, and movement. In complex conditions of ‘encounters’ among ‘migrants’ speaking diverse languages, music and dance preceded the first ‘discourses’. The construction of socio-cultural identities for Caribbean peoples has been inextricably linked to our sonic forms of expression and communication” (Quintero Rivera 1998:14).

Great Britain would take hold of by far the largest number of territories, running the alphabetical gamut from Anguilla and Antigua to Turks/Caicos and the Virgin Islands. Divided into distinct spheres of colonial domination, Caribbean societies, “as traditionless and artificial new creations on depopulated land, were the most radical sociotechnical experiment of the age” (Osterhammel 1997:31). The rise of the plantation as the region’s dominant industry triggered a remarkable demographic phenomenon and turned the Caribbean into “the historical center of colonialism” from the middle of the seventeenth through the end of the eighteenth centuries (31).

Andrews integrated the Caribbean in his study of the mainland North American colonies that subsequently became the United States on the grounds that from the seventeenth century onward we cannot understand “the constitutional and commercial developments of the English colonies in America” apart from the history of Barbados, the Leeward Islands, and Jamaica since those settlements “formed part of a single Atlantic world” (Andrews 1934–1938 II: 271, cited in Brereton 1999: 315). S. leadership in the whole accord seemed easily discerned.

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