By S. Torres-Saillant
This is first highbrow heritage of the Caribbean written via a best Caribbean reviews pupil. The booklet examines either the paintings of natives of the quarter in addition to texts interpretive of the sector produced by way of Western authors. Stressing the experimental and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the research considers significant questions within the field.
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Since Elizabethan days, the memorable Winston Churchill tells us, the English had tried to get a foothold in the Spanish West Indies. In 1623, on his way back from his fruitless expedition to Guiana, a Suffolk gentleman named Thomas Warner explored one of the less inhabited West Indian islands. He deposited a few colonists on St. Christopher, and hurried home to get a royal patent for a INTRODUCTION 23 more extensive enterprise. This achieved, he returned to the Caribbean, and though much harassed by Spanish raids, he established the English in the disputed sea.
According to Gregory Rabess, a journalist, grassroots organizer, poet, critic, and cadence-lypso performer, this music afforded an outlet for youths, permitting them to enjoy, while at the same time arming them with a tool of social protest that “pointed them toward their kwéyol roots and identity” (Rabess 1993:104). Some lines from the lyrics of his “Cadence Music,” a text by Rabess that sets out to trace the genealogy and trajectory of the form, offer a political teleology: Its distant progenitor created in Africa survived the Middle Passage cocooned in the souls of our forefathers marooned in the Caribbean, it rose its head throughout Slavery and after mutated to Jing-ping Lapo Kabwilt, Bele Calypso and Cadence and now Cadence-Lypso a true progeny containing all features worthy of its ancestors .
During the 1930s, American historian Charles M. Andrews integrated the Caribbean in his study of the mainland North American colonies that subsequently became the United States on the grounds that from the seventeenth century onward we cannot understand “the constitutional and commercial developments of the English colonies in America” apart from the history of Barbados, the Leeward Islands, and Jamaica since those settlements “formed part of a single Atlantic world” (Andrews 1934–1938 II: 271, cited in Brereton 1999: 315).
An Intellectual History of the Caribbean by S. Torres-Saillant