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Jamaica Kincaid

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a-small-place-jamaica-kincaidJamaica Kincaidtourist is an ugly human being.Sources: BBC, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The New YorkerCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Fragile EconomyFinancially dependent on foreign tourism and banking, Antigua suffers from poverty, exploitation, and economic instability.Tax HavenAntigua provides banking services to foreigners who don’t want to pay their countriestaxes, leading to corruption.British EmpireBritish colonialism established a legacy of slavery, economic exploitation, and political powerlessness for Antiguans.SymbolsPercentage of Antigua and Barbudas gross domestic product created by tourism and travel in 2016>60Years Kincaid was informally banned by the Antiguan government after the publication of A Small Place51834Year slavery and the slave trade were abolished in British-ruled AntiguaYear British settlers established a colony in Antigua after Spanish and French explorers failed1632A Small Placeby the NumbersElaine Potter Richardson left her home of Antigua for New York at 16, renaming herself Jamaica Kincaid eight years later. Kincaids fiction and nonfiction explores the devastating effects of colonialism and her complex love for her Caribbean homeland and family. A Small Place is among her most controversial works.JAMAICA KINCAIDBORN 1949AuthorCountries and leaders around the world influence small” Antiguas economy.Global Economics of OppressionWhite visitors replicate patterns of conquest and slavery in the Caribbean.Tourism as ColonialismFreed from British rule in 1981, Antigua has struggled to define itself.Antiguas National IdentityWhen wealthy white visitors flock to the Caribbean beaches of Antigua, theyre not thinking about slavery or colonial domination. But the island paradise has a history of pain, injustice, and corruption. Can Antigua move into a better future by remembering the past?The Real Cost of Caribbean TourismMAIN IDEASEnglishOriginal Language1988Year PublishedJamaica KincaidAuthorA Small PlaceNonfictionEssay

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