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Before one can appropriately discuss the validity of this claim one must first establish and comprehend what was colonialism what were the social economic political and cultural models instituted during and after colonialism One must also have an understanding of the history of the Caribbean in order to appropriately establish and comprehend why things are the way it was is and is going to be Colonialism according to the Cambridge Encyclopaedia is a policy whereby a body of persons from a parent country migrates to and settles in acquired or conquered territories beyond the borders of their country The colony of settlers establishes an administration that is subordinate to that of the mother country A colony or foreign extension of an expanding power is therefore a political entity set up in a distant eternal land for purposes of settlement and exploitation by a group of white settlers from a mother country that establishes ownership and sovereignty over the territory which is kept dependant upon that mother country Colonialism was a system for conquering or otherwise acquiring and managing non-independent territories for extracting their mineral resources such as gold and silver and for exploiting their agricultural and other raw materials as well as their labour as cheaply as possible for the benefit of the strong white European powers over the weak people of the Caribbean Above all it was a system for the social economic political and cultural over-rule of the helpless in the Caribbean colonies by the colonial power that were militarily and technologically superior Colonialism went hand in hand with nationalism and mercantilism and together these represented a closed system within which the parent country particularly Britain in the eastern Caribbean was dominant and the colonies like Barbados were kept in a state of dependency The colonies produced the raw materials and agricultural products for use and processing in the parent country which in turn exported manufactured products to the colonies Trade
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