CONSUMERISM: THE ORIGIN OF LOST CULTURES IN THE CARIBBEAN

Topics: Slavery, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Atlantic Ocean Pages: 2 (710 words) Published: May 4, 2014
The 17th century spawned the birth of modern globalization. Prior to this time trade was limited to local areas and bordering countries. The Silk Road was the mecca of trade in the world, comprised of various routes connecting merchants from Europe, Egypt, Somalia, Arabia, Persia, India, and China to one another. The primary goods traded along the Silk Road were spices from India, and Chinese silks and porcelain. Maritime trade was scarce and dominated by Portugal. In 1492, Christopher Columbus embarked on a voyage for India to purchase goods. During this voyage he stumbled upon the New World, which he believed to be eastern India, when actually it was an eastern island in the Bahamas. His interaction with the natives sparked the Spanish colonization, and eventual European colonization of the Caribbean in the 1500’s. From 1600 B.C. to 1700 B.C. consumerism had a profound effect on the Caribbean Islands. Consumerism brought globalization to the western hemisphere causing tension with the Taino, introducing natives to fatal epidemics of European disease, and slavery to the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus and the Native Americans

According to Samuel Morison, “Christopher Columbus presented his plans to John II, King of Portugal in 1485. Proposing that the king equip him with three massive ships and allow Columbus one year's time to sail out into the Atlantic Ocean in search of a westward route to the Orient to purchase spices, porcelains, silk, and various other desired products from that region.”1 Columbus was financed to embark on his voyage to India in 1492. Christopher Columbus and his crew arrived in the Bahamas and were welcomed by the indigenous people. The natives are known as the Taino people. The Taino people densely populated the Hispaniola, modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic. The population at the time is estimated to have been 1 million. Scholar and author Kirkpatrick Sale stated that Columbus wrote, “They traded with us and gave us everything...
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