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Fernando Valerio Holguín

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 70: Caribbean: Past and Present

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Caribbean: Past and Present
Caribbean: Past and present

For many Europeans and North Americans, the Caribbean is known as a tourist destination and a dreamed-of earthly paradise: white beaches, palm trees, turquoise blue waters, and friendly natives. However, the Caribbean is more than this. It is the world's most racially and culturally diverse region; it is also one of the most important Latin American regions in modern history. The first genocide of an indigenous people on the American continent occurred in the Caribbean. The first discussion about human rights in Spain and the Americas began with the Dominican friars Fray Bartolomé de las Casas and Fray Antón de Montesinos. African slavery, which gave shape to modern capitalism, had its origin in the Caribbean. The Haitian Revolution, ...

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