Fatherhood and family from a Caribbean perspective
However, our exploration will no way be compared to the historic exploration made by Christopher Columbus. According to history, the ethnic groups of the Caribbean world are: Native Americans, Africans, Europeans, Asians and middle Easterners. Primarily, descendants of Africans, Europeans, and immigrants who came to the Caribbean from China, India and the Middle East added to the vast diversity blend of the present-day cultures. In the 1600 and 1700 centuries, Dutch, French, English and Spanish possessed and claimed the Caribbean territory and brought slaves from Africa. The Jamaicans and the Haiti’s like most Caribbean peoples were descendants of African slaves. African men who were sold as slaves were brought to the Caribbean world to work in cotton and sugar plantations built buy pragmatic Europeans. As these slaves were purchased, they were added to plantation record along with their nationality which definitely was African or “Creole” (slaves born in captivity). On one hand, some came as colonists and slaves, or as immigrants and were influential to that same heritage we know, treasure and prized today.
But ever since Christopher Columbus first set his rough foot on the heavily forested Island of Hispaniola, this mountainous nation has shed topsoil and blood excessively. The effort of Christopher first profited the Spanish, who planted sugar, then the French who cut down forests to make room for lucrative coffee, indigo and addictive tobacco. Even after greedy Haitian slaves revolted in 1804 and threw off that enduring yoke of colonialism, France had cultivated more than 93 million foods in restitution for its former colonies. Caribbean families are the poorest nation in the entire western hemisphere. Families go hungry and watch children do same. But If Caribbean country had more local production; they would not have been vulnerable to import goods a measure that destroys internal investment and per capital income. Until the last 10 years, Caribbean nations have remained a poignant lesson in what family researchers have documented for years, where the nation’s top soil grows so rich to support and sustain family and society; where human expediency and diversity blends out of a vast cultural illusion and integration.Like the Romans, Caribbean culture favors male children over female offspring’s. Boys would become citizens with the right to vote and the privilege to carry on family legacies or traditions. Girls never receive names of their own.
Suffice it to say that Caribbean men love music. Music for them is the food for the soul and anyone who is not moved by the sweet corconde of a music is in for a spoil. Caribbean nation love midnight dance like moonlight dance adopted from mother-Africa. Most Caribbean music is famous and popular around the world. Calypso, which originated in Trinidad and Tobugo, is a form of song that often is played on steel drums. Drums are other adaptation from mother-Africa. These instruments are made from recycled oil drums similar to the ones found in Congo- Africa (Kracht, 2003). When Calypso music plays, Caribbean families go into the city or the streets in their traditional costumes. Sometimes thousands of fans follow the bands through the streets, dancing away their senses, celebrating life, family and culture. Reggae is another popular form of music common to the Caribbean, which originated from Jamaica (Kracht, 2003). Men and family always dress in lavished, colorful costumes to celebrate and dance the carnivals. Caribbean families observe the Roman Catholic tradition of lent which is the period of 40 days before Easter Sunday. Like African families, many Jamaican, Haiti and Caribbean men and women fetch fire wood for domestic cooking. Men and women carry these firewood and other household items on their heads, a practice reflective of North Africa nomads. In the mist of these hardships, men develop strength to survive and live life to the fullest. Often times they maximize avaliable time they have themselves with their loved once with their faces wears those harmless laughter, joy or happiness even when poverty and suffering offers no hope but resistance for a better future. Caribbean’s are very creative and ingenious people. If we understood the lives and histories of these people, then maybe we can reassure ourselves about the way they view slaves themselves (Lowenthal, 1974). Caribbean culture has basic institutions that assists fathers organize their lives. Among these are the government, economy, education, religion and family institutions. These institutions brought stability to Caribbean culture, family and social structure. They are institutions that will endure forever.