Caribbean Culture And The Caribbean Identity

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Knowing the history of the Caribbean is the first major step understanding its people. Caribbean culture is the primary source of influence on the Caribbean identity. Caribbean history illustrates the significant role the region played in the colonial struggles of the European powers and the oppressions that was felt as a result of European rule. From the start of European expansion into, and eventual conquest of, “The New World”, all of the European powers fought for territory in the Caribbean and many islands became part of the these empires. The impact of colonialism and slavery can still be seen in many of the island cultures today. The region experienced (near to total) extermination, slavery, immigration and rivalry between the European powers. And because of the oppression of the European powers, violent resistance regularly broke out on the larger Caribbean islands and even some of the smaller ones too. Aside from that, enslaved people constantly fought against slavery, right up until their independence and/or emancipation. This book details the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803, which was the first and only successful slave revolution in Caribbean history, and the subsequent War for Independence. It is an in-depth description of how the slaves of Saint-Domingue became free citizens, of what is now known as Haiti. In short, it’s a story about the history behind one of the greatest popular victories in the fight for independence in the Caribbean of all time and its

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