The Caribbean is a large region that has many unique features. One of these features is the walls around cities, which are still seen in many places today. The purpose and history of these walls can be difficult to understand if you don’t speak the language or know much about the Caribbean people and their culture. This blog post discusses why there were so many walls around towns in this area, as well as how they came to exist.
This article discusses the walls that surround many Caribbean towns and cities. There is a lot of confusion about why these were built, as well as how they came to be in their current form. This blog post will discuss this topic from two angles: what we know historically and why there are so many walls around towns in the region today.
These city walls originated with the Spanish conquistadors who entered villages on horseback during conquest expeditions for gold, slaves, or other goods not native to America at all times throughout history. They would then build an enclosing wall around those areas which eventually became town centers where trade occurred between Europeans and indigenous people within them- it was very common back then to see these types of huge buildings.
The walls played a significant role in the lives of people living within them. They acted as defense against attacks and allowed for more privacy, which was important during this time period when many were taken from their homes to be enslaved by the Spanish. It also had an effect on trade at that time- because goods could only enter through one gateway, it created artificial scarcity and limited what they would have access to- leading some historians to believe that these walls represent both physical control and economic coercion over indigenous populations who lived there.
While we know historically why these types of structures are present today, how do you think they arrived? Well according with research done by Dr. David Hurst Thomas it is suggested that after 500 years or so following the Spanish conquest of the Caribbean, these walls were not a necessity to protect from invaders and so many have been torn down.
More research needs to be done in this area by experts such as Dr Thomas but it is clear that there are some underlying reasons why they came into being: protection, control, and coercion- which we will discuss more within our blog post!
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The trade monopoly created an artificial scarcity for indigenous populations at this time period because goods could only enter through one gateway. This led to economic coercion over Indigenous Populations who lived in Jamaica during that time according to historians like David Hurst Thomas. ∞ But after 500 years or so following the Spanish conquests of the 16th century, more and more cities in the Caribbean were surrounded by walls.
Why? The Walls of Islands in the Caribbean: Why and How 》is a blog post where we discuss why these many cities within the caribbean region built walls around their city centers during this time period- which is discussed below! – What do they mean for future generations living on these islands today?
We know that not all of them are necessary to protect from invaders because many have been torn down but what about other reasons? More research needs to be done in this area by experts such as Dr Thomas but it seems clear that there are some underlying reasons why so many came into being from protection,