cultural retention in Carribean...xxxxxx.docx - Surname 1 Name Professor Course Date The Caribbean is a geographical area whose coastline is washed by

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Surname 1 Name Professor Course Date The Caribbean is a geographical area whose coastline is washed by the Caribbean Sea. It covers the Greater and the Lesser Antilles and the islands of the Netherlands. Some of the nations that fall within the Caribbean include inter alia; Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Honduras and Guyana and French Guiana. The Caribbean area was colonized by major European powers like the Spanish, the Dutch, the British and the French. The trademark of European colonialism has had its fair share of impact in the Caribbean for instance the British introduced the plantation system consequently enslaving the Africans and indenturing the Chinese and the East Indians. The French and the Dutch furthermore participated in trade within the region. These identities are tagged to the Caribbean ever since European colonialism. The Caribbean has also been identifiable by the existence of both multi-cultural and multi-racial population. Additionally there exists a pronounced social stratification and racial hybridization due to the diverse cultures and races in the area. The present population of the Caribbean has been steadfast in resisting people who have intended to exploit and colonize them. They rebelled against countries which wanted to stake claim over their existing lands and struggled with to avoid colonization. A big name which was resisted is the U.S. However, after its successful colonization by a myriad of European powers, what is seen today is an area endowed with traces of global effects. The Caribbean has a lot of tourist attraction because of its developed and famous beaches. The tourist activities have led to migration of big Caribbean population,for example, the
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Surname 2 New York City and Miami in the U.S.A have big populations of Jamaicans, Cubans, Mexicans and the Haitians. The Caribbean immigrants have brought with them their influences to such areas, and this can be seen in products, foods, music and dressing. The United States was the biggest colonizer in the Caribbean. Because of this, most natives have adapted to the culture and tradition of United States. The United States in reciprocation also adapted to the Caribbean culture and cities like Miami and New York City attest to this assertion. We can thus validly claim that the Caribbean became more culturally interconnected to the United States than any other colonial power. A point in focus is that irrespective of where they stay, the Caribbean people have always retained their cultural identities like matriarchal model of family set-up is both evident in Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American. Cultural retention refers to the act of holding onto the culture of a given ethnic group in both private and public life particularly when there is a consensus within the ethnic group that their culture might be lost due to inaction. The retained culture is,therefore, transmitted from one generation to another without any alteration whatsoever. The aspect of cultural retention has been widely manifested in the Caribbean
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