Irish Studies

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The Caribbean Island in relation to English colonies has been one of the contentious topics for a long time and has turned in various popular debates and talks globally. The English colonies brought various changes to the island both affirmative and negative. This paper will hence focus on some of the core values and issues that happened during the era of English colonies.

This was an era of colonization where there were major revolutions in the World history. There were changes in various sectors for example the agricultural economy which was replaced by the sugar culture (Carl & Robert, 1972, pp. 9). The period of self sufficiency was gone and it was hence replaced by English speaking Europeans who occupied the entire community. The major challenge that the black people who came from West Africa faced was language use as they were incapable of speaking the white man’s language (Carl & Robert, 1972, pp 10).

This period of English colonies was marked with greed, advancements, fame, power, ranks, exploitation of the land and other hostilities. There was immense growth of slavery. In the two decades the entire white population composed of young people who had no any attachments to the Island. Most of the immigrants were young people in their twenties and mainly the male species that had no any family ties. There was growth of the white population in Barbados and St. Christopher. However, it was not long before they started to decline (Harris, 2003, pp. 503).

The mortality that had been presumed in Barbados stimulated the import of more blacks who came from Africa in order to relieve the shortage in labor on the given plantations. This also led to speeding up of sugar culture by the year 1650. Most of the victims were freeholders. The English merchants could no longer send supplies and servants to this famous island and the land became inaccessible for the common people as it was reserved only for the rich people.  The colonists began to leave St. Christopher too by the year 640 since there was a ban on planting of tobacco that was ordered by Sir Thomas Warner in order to raise the price of the staple.

In 1645 and 1647 the White people from the English Islands had already reached their peak as far as power, wealth and numbers were concerned. To the English people from Europe, this was not just a materialistic age for the Caribbean inhabitants.  They were present for just one reason which was to become extremely rich. The promoters of the colonies were too self-centered and the only thing they thought about was how to make profit (Charles, 1957, pp. 292).  This clearly means that the white people were after power. The settlers were only focused on problems arising from adjustment and survival in their new surroundings

Most of the indecorous, ignorant, indigent and undistinguished people who comprised of the white populations from English Islands were the sons of prominent merchants and country gentlemen who had connections that enabled them to explore the world. It is patent that most of these English white people brought more misery than good to the common people. They were mainly after power and wealth and could do anything to get it. The Caribbean islands got to witness human exploitation in form of slavery and search for power and fame. It was a period that was marked by hostilities, uncertainty and surprises. The English colonies revealed what true exploitation meant.