By S. Torres-Saillant
The 1st highbrow historical past of the Caribbean written by means of a best Caribbean experiences pupil, this ebook examines either writings penned by means of natives of the sector in addition to a physique of texts interpretive of the area produced through Western authors. Stressing the experiential and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the examine considers 4 significant questions: What paintings, literature or idea can come from the minds of people that have gone through a catastrophic background? What makes the conceptual paradigms formed via the Western highbrow able to illuminating the designated event of Antilleans, yet no longer vice versa? Do Antilleans lack the highbrow background required for the translation of tradition, even if of their zone or somewhere else on the earth? Why is the specificity of Caribbean humanity such that it can't be used as a paradigm for humanity as a complete?
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Hendricks Díaz, moved to * I owe this point to my privileged access to Alfonso Múnera Cavadía’s unpublished work on the Caribbean background to the story of María in the novel by Isaacs. ” The competition invited essay submissions in six areas of knowledge, awarded the winners in each category the generous sum of $20,000 dollars, and published the winning manuscripts in attractive editions issued by Siglo XX Editores. That such a purposeful initiative of Caribbean self-affirmation should come from an area of Yucatan where Maya heritage abounds in the phenotype of the native population, the ancient architecture and the survival of the Mayan language can perhaps be justified best by pointing to the ecosystemic affinity of the Peninsula with the physical environment of the islands shooting out of the Gulf of Mexico.
Guarocuya, better known as Enriquillo, the Taino chief who led his people in war against the Spanish colonial regime in Santo Domingo starting in 1519, ended up signing a peace treaty that thenceforward made him and his insurgent troops members of the colonial regime’s military structure, with duties that included the persecution and capture of other Taino and black maroons (Mir 1969:156). Over 200 years later on the island of Jamaica an equally opprobrious deal was sealed by the heroic maroon rebels that Cudjoe led against the British colonial forces.
By 1700 some 450,000 captive Africans had entered the non-Spanish West Indian territories, and by the end of the eighteenth century the number of enslaved Africans coming to British, French, and Dutch Caribbean territories had soared to some 3,300,000 (31). In the 18 AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN eighteenth century Jamaica stood out as England’s most profitable overseas possession, just as Saint Domingue held the same status for the French. By the end of the nineteenth century historian James Anthony Froude would feel moved to reminisce that time when “the West Indian colonies” had earned recognition “as precious jewels, which hundreds of thousands of English lives had been sacrificed to tear from France and Spain.