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By S. Torres-Saillant

This is first highbrow heritage of the Caribbean written via a best Caribbean reports pupil. The booklet examines either the paintings of natives of the area in addition to texts interpretive of the zone produced by means of Western authors. Stressing the experimental and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the examine considers significant questions within the field.

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Before that, as Froude would reminisce, “the golden stream” that flowed from the region “into the exchequer at Madrid” had furnished the Spanish monarch Philip “with the means to carry on his war with the Reformation” (Froude 1888:10). Similarly, the French Empire would most likely not have had to cede the fertile lands of Louisiana to the burgeoning power of the United States in 1803, had Napoleon’s government not needed to concentrate enormous military resources in seeking to quell the resolute insurrection of the slaves of Saint Domingue on the western part of Hispaniola.

As many as 416,000 Indians came as indentured workers to Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent, and St. Kitts between 1844 and 1917 (Claypole and Rabottom 1989:24). Around the same time came 142,000 indentured Chinese workers to Cuba and hundreds of Portuguese Madeiran cane workers to Guyana and Trinidad, where a small Chinese presence had existed since 1807. For the most part, these indentured immigrants retained their ancestral language after several generations (Claypole and Robottom 1989:20, 40).

Language has to a large extent kept open the tellurian wound that sets the territory of Haitians apart from that of Dominicans on the island of Hispaniola that they share. Language probably also has conferred vitality and depth to the borderline that separates the tiny island of Saint Martin, splitting its 30,000 inhabitants into two disparate polities, Dutch on one side and French on the other. An awareness of the challenge that language presents to the student of the Caribbean must include a recognition of the creoleness that underlies the INTRODUCTION 27 region’s tongue even when the words deployed morphologically match the familiar Western words brought to the region from Spain, Holland, England, or France.

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