Essay on Caribbean Society

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Caribbean Society

An Essay on the Culture of Incarceration A suggestion was made, in the context of the classroom setting that an interesting assignment would be to question shoppers at a suburban mall about slavery in the Caribbean and to capture the responses on videotape. An initial thought in response to this suggestion was to wonder just how one would go about eliciting any sort of meaningful response from a likely ill-informed and possibly disinterested group of consumers in central Connecticut on this subject. Obviously, to ask questions in survey fashion regarding which Caribbean Island the respondent might prefer to vacation at during these cold weather months would produce some informed opinions. That being the case, it
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The influx of Spanish gold and silver was so great in fact, that it produced a destabilizing inflation across Europe by the mid-16th century.

As quickly as Antillean precious metals were depleted, however, so too were its natives. One million Arawak on Hispanola in 1492 were reduced to less than 500 by the mid-1550s, with similar results elsewhere. Forced labor, brutal suppression of any resistance, restriction from adequately maintaining their crops, and especially the exposure to European diseases to which they had no natural immunity, devastated the native populations in short order. A renewed interest in spices as a means of economic restoration, the remaining Spanish settlers of Hispanola tried various products, sugar proving to be a notable success. And just as the diminution of the islands natives corresponded to the depletion of precious metals, as well did the introduction of tropical products for export require cheap labor. It was this confluence of events that created the demand for the importation of slaves from Africa.

The Portugese had had some success with African slaves and sugar on the islands they occupied off the coast of West Africa, and so the Portugese model was used, as initially were their connections along the African coast for the procurement of these slaves. There was an availability of sub-Saharan
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