Introduction to the Caribbean: The Impact of Columbus’ Voyage

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Introduction to the Caribbean: The Impact of Columbus’ Voyage
This paper looks at the impact of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Caribbean upon both European history and upon the lives of indigenous peoples; in essence, the paper is about how Columbus’ arrival in the new world changed the course of history for both the old and the new world. Essentially, the arrival of Columbus meant the arrival of Spain as the dominant power in Europe; for the indigenous peoples, the arrival of Columbus meant the arrival of captivity, disease and exploitation and the ruthless defacement of the local habitat.
When Columbus came ashore the Americas in 1492, he set in motion the series of events that would see Spain sweep to hegemony over Europe in the...
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.....ica were both changed drastically by the expeditions of Columbus; a new world sprang up with Spain at its head and with its empire built upon indigenous slave labour (as well as African labour).
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