The Basic Essentials
Old West Indian saying:
"Time is longer than rope."
(Time heals all wounds)
Early Caribbean history deals with a lot of pain. If sugar cane hadn't become the region's dominant crop requiring massive amounts of slave labor, everything might have been very different.
Here's a brief overview that leads up to today.
The First Inhabitants . . . They were the Ciboney, and no one knows where they came from. And then came the Arawaks and the Caribs.
The Columbus . . . After the Caribs came Columbus. Were the Spanish
Dividing Up The New World . . .The Spanish really didn't claim much of the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean . . . The Pope declared the New World to be Spanish territory. The rest of Europe disagreed. So-called "pirates" were after the gold that Spanish were stealing from the Indians.
Sugar & Slavery . . . If sugar, a crop imported to the New World, had never grown so well, black slaves might never have been needed.