A Small Place By Christopher Columbus

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Colonization was used as early as the 18th century to expand a particular country’s territory. Essentially it supposed to be a positive thing, expanding the territory’s resources such as medicine, and education. Jamaica Kincaid, however, plead the opposite. In her book, A Small Place, she expounded on the after effects of colonialism on her small island, Antigua. The Island, discovered by Christopher Columbus, is only nine by twelve miles long, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean (Kincaid, 80), which has “swallowed up a number of black slaves” (Kincaid, 14). Jamaica Kincaid, described the slave owner (Europeans) as “Human rubbish,” who took “noble and exalted human beings from Africa” to enslave them (80). She made no effort to conceal her thoughts about the little island consumed by the after effects of colonialism (Byerman). Driven by anger and resentment toward Antiqua’s British implemented culture, Kincaid explored the intricacy of the after effects of colonialism. For Kincaid, the aftermath of colonialism were manifested through the corruption of the government and the aloofness of Antiguans. Only Kincaid can simultaneously reveal the aesthetic elegance of Antigua’s beaches, while revealing its disastrous and shadowy past. She is very bitter about the corruption of the government and makes various references throughout her book that bluntly describes how corrupt it truly is. In her book she blamed Antigua’s past and present government for…
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