Europe in the Caribbean: from Colonial Hegemony to Geopolitical Marginality

  • Colin Clarke


In geopolitical terms, the Caribbean since 1492 has been an appendage on the periphery of the Western world powers, first those of Europe and more recently of the United States. It was the Europeans who explored, mapped, colonised and Balkanised the Caribbean, exterminating the Amerindian populations, and who in the seventeenth century, created de novo societies, the sole objective of which was the production of sugar on slave-worked plantations. While seventeenth- and eighteenth-century annexations by the British, French, Dutch and Danish transformed Columbus’ ‘Spanish lake’ into a colonial version of the map of Europe, European hegemony was eroded by the French Revolution and the Haitian wars of independence.


Dominican Republic International Crisis Amerindian Population British Policy Overseas Department 
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