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Endangered Species Caribbean Ecology and the Discourse of the Nation

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

in Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Cultures

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032184
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032184.003.0002
Endangered Species Caribbean Ecology and the Discourse of the Nation

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This chapter discusses how Caribbean writers have addressed the ecological revolution brought about by colonization first, and the sugar plantation, and in the beginning of the twentieth century the dependence on the tourist economy. The chapter argues that deforestation, the depletion of resources, and the permanent alteration of pre-encounter topographies that followed in the wake of the colonial encounter initiated a process. The consequences of this process have brought the island nations of the Caribbean to desperate ecological straits.

Keywords: Caribbean writers; ecological revolution; tourist economy; ecological straits; colonization; island nations; Caribbean

Chapter.  6528 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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