Anthropologically, all indigenous people have their own ways of life. The being of life is neither correct not incorrect. This way of life is often regarded as the knowledge and wisdom that is often passed down centauries that ensure its preservation and conservation for the future generations. The Caribbean islands are no different.
Long before European arrivals, the Caribbean islands were the land of culture, scenic beauty, lush green landscapes, natural resources and had a mutual respect between the flora and the fauna. Interestingly, our present day understanding of the Caribbean islands dates back to the exploration of the Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, in the 15th Centaury.
The Caribbean history has two lineages – Pre-history and the Colonial history. Where former is defined by the migration of early settlers, development of civilisations, social hierarchies, skills such as pottery, tool making, art, games, etc., the latter was mainly defined by atrocities, enslavement, repression, disease and exploitation of both humans and natural resources. It is a common misconception that the Europeans introduced enslavement in the, then called, New worlds. Interestingly, warfare, human sacrifice and slavery were already an integral part of the Caribbean society. Nevertheless, European brutalities were far more exploitive, detrimental and greater in magnitude that their presence can be felt till date in the Caribbean landscape, resources, culture, art, architecture, etc.