|Gordon K. Lewis|
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Main Currents in Caribbean Thought
"For the Caribbean, composed as it is of some fifty or more separate and different island socitie, is of such variety and complexity that...From the very beginning of its history in the late fifteenth century there has been various confusion concerning the definition, both geographical and cultural of the Caribbean region."
"the island outskirts of the legendary Cathay." so thought Columbus even at his death.
"a new cultural puzzle continued, in the sense that the peoples and cultures of teh Caribbean archipelago were indiscriminately mixed up with the romanic idea of the New World of the Americas as a whole."
Fir example the most famous, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
stories portrayed the Antilles as the place of cannibals, El Dorado --as the city of gold--, and lairs of heroic pirates
Today the stories remain portraying the region as a tourist's paradise.
"...a set of island in the sun full of sun, sand, and sex."
The confusion about Caribbean identity....
Political fragmentation grew out of:
This then is the time frame, or temporal sequence in which the area must be seen to be best understood as a doorway to the European conquest of the twin Americas and the mediterranean sea of the new world.
The Caribbean was the crucible of European, Renaissance and Enlightenment ideas in the harsh light of ecological conquest and human bondage; an ultimate mixing ground, testing place, staging area and recurrent illusion of what we may become.