The Influence Of European Colonialism In The 19th Century

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Europe began the initial framing of society. In the early 1900’s, Europe (England&France) colonized and occupied all of the Caribbean islands. Europe looked at the islands as basically money for them; they yielded things that Europeans use in their daily lives and can also make profit of off. In addition to colonizing Caribbean islands, they occupied a few African countries and India. European colonial powers literally used these countries as factories for their own personal benefits. They came to these countries and basically took over, running every operation that happened on the island. They sold the milk islanders used for their cereal, the beds …show more content…
This influence of Europe changed the lives of black peoples from then on. Much of the work that black people did cultivating the land, and working for the colonists had little to no benefit for the black people. European white men used people of color as their slaves, and to establish their power in the 1900’s. Each colony used slightly different techniques to oppress the people of color. For example, Britain was in control of Jamaica and while they held power in this country they made sure that the people knew that they were lower class citizens and also made sure that they had no path to success. Britain offered citizenship to all Jamaicans, whether they lived on the island or in the United Kingdom. But, the british always made it very obvious to people of color that they could never be a true British. In France and the French colonies, black people were oppressed in similar ways. The French allowed citizenship between French Guiana and France itself without the need of working visas..etc. They also made it required that all of the colored people speak french, but no …show more content…
Many people living in the Caribbean faced poor living conditions. Natives were forced to work long and hard hours for very minimal pay. The work they did was often on a plantation harvesting the crops that Europeans could make major profit off of. The harsh reality of the system of work in the colonies was that the people who literally are the foundation of all of the European ran business received none of the benefits. Any benefits of the companies were directly to the European colonies. Black people had to do very demanding work throughout their history…including the building of the panama canal, the constant care of plantations, and often “slave work.” This is one factor that drove a lot of Caribbean peoples out of the area and back to the motherland (Britain). Factors such as little education opportunity, controlled living, and disrespect were also reasons Caribbean peoples migrated away from the islands. People did not necessarily want to leave their homes however the opportunities and allowance of progression in society were limited so it seemed as if that was the best option. One instance of how and why migration happened in the Caribbean was the WINDRUSH. The WINDRUSH was a large ship that migrated hundreds of Jamaicans from Jamaica to Britain for a better life “When we were demobbed in Jamaica after being assured that jobs would be awaiting us. There was nothing at all. We look to Britain

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