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

By S. Torres-Saillant

This is often first highbrow background of the Caribbean written via a best Caribbean experiences pupil. The ebook examines either the paintings of natives of the zone in addition to texts interpretive of the quarter produced by means of Western authors. Stressing the experimental and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the learn considers significant questions within the box.

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Kitts between 1844 and 1917 (Claypole and Rabottom 1989:24). Around the same time came 142,000 indentured Chinese workers to Cuba and hundreds of Portuguese Madeiran cane workers to Guyana and Trinidad, where a small Chinese presence had existed since 1807. For the most part, these indentured immigrants retained their ancestral language after several generations (Claypole and Robottom 1989:20, 40). Today, as a result of the presence of the numerous populations from across the globe who found their way to the region, the Caribbean displays a rich, varied, and complex tapestry of the word.

The population of Dominica officially speaks English, but in everyday speech the people generally revert to a French-based creole, and the same holds true for the people of Saint Vincent as well as for differentiated communities in Trinidad and Tobago (Katzner 2002: 339–368). In addition to aboriginal, European, and creole languages spoken in the region we ought to make meaningful reference to the Hindi and Tamil speakers of Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Surinam, where a small population of about 50,000 Javanese speakers can also be found.

Churchill, II 1990:176) Examples abound of the clashes and tensions among Western nations and their convergence in the Caribbean. England, Spain, and France all had a stake in the events that culminated in the Haitian Revolution and the emergence of Haiti as a sovereign republic in 1804. During the second half of the nineteenth century, France, England, and Spain competed with the United States for control of Samana Bay in the Dominican Republic. Holland and France wrestled fiercely for hegemony over the diminutive territory of Saint Martin, ultimately settling for a partition of the island into two colonial halves, Dutch Sint Maarten and French Saint Martin.

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