Economic Forces and the Shape of Caribbean Society

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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.
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