Many people will think of Caribbean Islands as a nice place for a getaway vacation. But historical background of Caribbean is somewhat different. Caribbean has a long history of colonization and slavery for many generations. As new colonization was established, new cultures and languages were introduced.
People tends to only focus on the bright side of the Columbuss great discover of the new land and colonization of the European countries and can easily forget about the destruction and the damages of the lives of native countries.
who were the first Caribbean long before the Columbuss discovery, were almost wiped out by the cruel invasion of the European countries along with their cultures and their languages.
The Europeans seized Caribbean but when they need the slaves for the sugar industries, they were brought from all different parts of Africa as a human cargo. Among the slaves, they had many cultural differences as well as languages themselves because they were brought from different regions of Africa.
When slavery was abandoned throughout the Caribbean in mid-nineteenth century, the economic and political structure that controlled the island remained. The exslaves were forced to work below the minimum wages. Large number of Caribbean emigrated hoping to find better economical opportunities. In order to replace the missing number of workers, many Asian immigrants were brought to Caribbean. This resulted in great shift of culture and languages in Caribbean. The form of languages in Caribbean has been changing since the day of Columbuss great discovery to the very present day. As the result of this shift in language, the new types of the languages were introduced in Caribbean. In late twentieth century, u.s. influenced Caribbean like no other nation has ever done before. Not only by the means of military but by the culture and economically. Which influence directly to the lives of Caribbean.
As it was mentioned earlier, Caribbean encountered much different kind of languages. Before the colonization of the great European countries, languages of the Amerindians were spoken through out the islands. After the Amerindians were drove off from the Caribbean by the Europeans, the language of the different Europeans came to existence in Caribbean. But mostly the slaves were brought to Caribbean from all region of Africa. Which resulted in very many different types of languages and cultures. These languages of slaves were shaped by the new environments and how the Europeans spoke their languages.
Just like all other conquistadors, Europeans forced the slaves to learn their languages and cultures and forbidden to speak their native languages. As the result, the nation language was forced to speak only underground and not to be spoken in public. Then came the immigrants from the East Asia as well as their cultures and languages. But main influence in Caribbean was the cultural and economical effect of the U.S.
In recent years, the underground language, which was once forbidden to be spoken in public, is rapidly spreading throughout the Caribbean. The remaining of Amerindian languages still remains as well as the languages of European conquistadors. The immigrants from East Asia but mainly the cultural and economical influence by u.s. are the languages of the Caribbean today.
In Caribbean the nation language has been developed and modified. The languages, not only has always been there, as well as the languages, which were once banished, are mixed together to result in a new form of language which the writer address as nation language. It is a form of English, but it is also a form of language in which how the slaves from Africa felt to loss their freedom and lives in form of language. This is the only true form of nation language in Caribbean.
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