Brief Histories: The Caribbean ..

Later they came through trading links with Africa, America and the Caribbean Islands - often, especially in the 18th century, as slaves, but also as seamen, students and missionaries. The most recent wave of immigrants started to arrive in Britain a few years after World War Two - in response to the British government's plea to its colonies to send workers to help with post-war reconstruction.


The Caribbean is not only made up of the islands in the Caribbean Sea ..


In the wake of this discovery, other expeditions across the same seas were organised, from Portugal, France, Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark - all countries eager to colonise lands hitherto unheard of in Europe. These European powers eventually took over all the Caribbean islands, as well as mainland America to the north and south.


Due to European Imperialism, extermination of aboriginal peoples, slavery, the plantation system, and the ethnic diversity of the inhabitants the Caribbean does not allow itself to be classified as one.

The Caribbean as a Socio-Cultural Area, Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean, Garden City, New Jersey, 1971.

deal of historical background to the pidgins and ..

The intersection of the fields of Atlantic history and creole studies lies first and foremost in their shared interest in the origins of the African and African-descended populations who created the cultures and languages of the Caribbean. For students of Caribbean creoles who hope to reconstruct the sociohistorical context of the emergence of these languages, it is important that the perspective taken be “historically realistic.” This entails reliance on research carried out by historians, but also, frequently, independent and innovative historical research by linguists. From the point of view of students of Atlantic history, linguistic findings may fill gaps in historical knowledge—gaps with regard to the ethnic origins of the early African enslaved populations of plantation societies and their movements within the region, and especially with regard to the impact that particular ethnolinguistic groups of enslaved Africans had in the formation of creole languages and cultures. Additional interest may be found in the discussions among creolists on the rapidity of stabilization of creole languages—an issue that has ramifications for our views of the rate of emergence of creole cultures more generally—and the relation between stabilization and demographic factors such as sex ratio, the rate of population renewal, and the number of children in the population, as well as factors pertaining to the nature of the plantation crops, plantation size, specialization within the enslaved work force, and so on. Finally, research on the historical text corpora available for some Caribbean creoles has yielded evidence for the existence of social and/or ethnic variation within creole languages, with implications for the way we view the social structure of plantation societies. The entries that follow focus on the historical component in creolist work and/or their ramifications for our understanding of Atlantic history.

Languages of the Caribbean - Wikipedia

This condensed version of the first several decades of European influence in the New World are the common historical accounts rendered about early Caribbean history....


For example, the history of the ‘New World,’ or in particular the history of the Caribbean seems to originate in 1492, the year Columbus mistakenly landed upon Hispanola.

Apr 27, 2011 · Case Study: Caribbean Family History

Sidney Mintz in the article, "The Caribbean as a Social-cultural Area" approaches a more social interpretation, Antonio Benítez-Rojo in the article "From the plantation to the Plantation" approaches a more humanistic interpretation while Michelle Cliff in her novel Abeng and her article "If I could write this in fire" takes on a more personal view....

Historical Background Colonial Rivalry

"Generally, my ancestors were labourers or agricultural workers - though according to Gran we are also descended from a Caribbean pirate called Sam Hall. (I haven't been able to prove this yet.) It took me a couple of days of time-consuming and patient checking of the records to get one line of my family going back to 1832, and many others to the back end of the 19th century.