The New World

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In contrast with European beliefs, the “new world” had existed and thrived before explorers discovered its’ presence. The island of Jamaica was originally inhabited by the Taino people of larger Arawak community. The population of roughly 60,000 natives independently survived on hunting, fishing, and harvest of locally grown cassava. Directly opposite the centuries of an isolated regional world, the late 15th century established the foundations for the current vastly interdependent international society. European Exploration intentionally reshaped the balance of power, in favor of European civilization. Stemming from the Iberian Peninsula, the Age of Exploration began extending the influence of European nations to every corner of the globe. Driven to establish a flourishing empire through means of expanded commerce, Spain quickly followed Portuguese methodology and developed a world class fleet. Upon completion of necessary upgrading to vessels, King Ferdinand II sent forth explorer, Christopher Columbus, indoctrinated with national creed “God, Gold, and Glory”. In August 1492, Columbus set sail for a more direct and expeditious trade route with Asia. However, after first landfall in the West Indies, his intent shifted stating, “But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them.” Following the initial discovery, the Spanish led hosts of
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