Economic Forces and the Shape of Caribbean Society The Caribbean is a society that was ultimately shaped by slavery and the plantation system. This is not surprising considering the scale of the slave trade in the Caribbean region. For example, in “The Slave Trade and the Atlantic Economies, 1451-1870” Joseph E. Inikori states, For the purposes of the analysis in this article, the figure of 11 million slaves provided by Professor Curtin has been taken as representing the barest minimum for the Atlantic trade( Inikori 1979: 57). This clearly indicates that the slave trade in the Caribbean resulted in the immigration of a vast number of people to the region. Although the exact numbers are debated almost every researcher agrees that massive...The end:
..... a new level of social mobility. Social mobility in the plantation hierarchy was primarily based on economics. However, it did have a racial component that was also based on economics. Bibliography Brathwaite , Edward(1971), “ Creolization ” in The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica: 1770-1820, Clarendon-Oxford University Press: 296-311. Inikori , Joseph(1979), “The Slave Trade and the Atlantic Economies, 1451-1870” in The African Slave Trade from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century: 56-85. Thompson, V. Bakpetu (1987),“The Plantation Hierarchy” in The Making of African Diaspora in the Americas, 1441-1900, Longman: 131-159. Williams, Eric(1964), “The Origin of Negro Slavery” Chapter 1 in Capitalism and Slavery, Andre Deutsch: 3-29.