Defining A Post Colonial Identity

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1. Define a Post-Colonial identity. How might this be different from a Post-National identity?
To me, a Post-Colonial identity stems from cultural remnants left behind by imperialist, predominantly European, nations. When worldwide superpowers assume control of a land, they impose certain aspects of their own culture on the local populace. During and after the Columbian exploration era post-1492, for example, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, Dutch, etc. colonialism left major vestiges of their reign on the indigenous populations of the supposed “New World.” In User’s Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Literature, Frederick Luis Aldama amplifies upon how the “capitalist mode of production” in the “New World” that sparked either complete eradication or forced migration for the indigenous populations of the Americas (18). Therefore, new people migrated from Europe to the Americas, and thus the contemporary population consisted of either former Europeans, native populations that were forced to acculturate European heritage, or mestizos who were children of multiple ancestral lineages (i.e. son of American Indian mother and Spanish father). Language is a prime example of this Post-Colonial identity that was transferred from these European superpowers to the native people of South and Central America, as evident in the Portuguese spoken in Brazil, the English that dominates the Caribbean, and the Spanish primarily spoken in South America.
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