The slave trade, African slavers and the demography of the Caribbean to 1750
The contemporary Caribbean societies are the products of a unique his- torical experience. With few exceptions, these islands have been peopled principally by individuals of African descent since the latter part of the seventeenth century. Yet these were not migrants seeking to improve the quality of their lives or individuals escaping from oppressive political systems. They were the involuntary participants in a transatlantic voyage as well as the shoulders upon which the economic edifice of the Caribbean was constructed. These African immigrants and their progeny contributed their sweat, in a very significant way, to the making of the Caribbean.
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