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SEDI is an Economic and Public Policy Think Tank Organization & Center for Caribbean Studies-Development & Broadcasting (CCSDB).  SEDI was created for the purpose of leading and fostering economic prosperity for the US Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Community. SEDI serve as a strong advocate to promote the Caribbean region economy, engaging and bridging the Caribbean Diaspora throughout the US Mainland, for a more robust US/Caribbean economic ties and relationship. SEDI is a proponent of positioning and advancing the USVI role as an ally and a viable commerce gateway, for a better and improved relationship between the US Territories in the Caribbean and its Caribbean neighboring islands. St. Croix will emerge as the technology hub of the Caribbean, Latin & South America, known as "Silicon Island".

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CCSDB goal is to facilitate and educate others about the diverse cultures and people of the Caribbean, for all consumers, who are born, raised, live, study, work, do business, invest or celebrate in the Caribbean to connect. We warmly welcome everyone, people of Caribbean heritage, people who love the Caribbean or people who simply want to learn more about the region. SEDI CCSDB will be the economic and political bridge in the US/Caribbean regional bloc".

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Caribbean people enhance countries and communities with our generations of strong influence and national pride; we know where we’re going because we know where we’re from. Over the past 5 decades the exodus of Caribbean people from the shores of the islands to the big cities of North America has helped set the stage for the dynamic cultural and economic tapestry of the continent.

However, the neglected demographics of the region that have supplied the US and the World with some of the finest exports of agriculture, minerals, raw material, human resources and an extraordinary amalgamation of music, art, dance and literature has left millions of West Indians throughout the Diaspora without it’s own platform to stand firmly upon. Our Caribbean – American community has had to settle for marginal inclusion in the history books, census and contemporary cultural landscape. The most recent events in Haiti and the attention now being given to Haiti’s plight of the past century is more than proof of this fact where even the major broadcasters in the US have now acknowledged their lack of coverage and inclusion of the Caribbean in their own newscasts and journalism despite even our close geographical location.

CPBC is a direct product of the relentless efforts and persistent pursuit to fill this immense void and give Caribbean people at home and abroad a unified voice.

It is also a viable entity by which our numbers, statistics and demographics can be documented and accounted for. Our legends, pioneers and heroes now have a place where their groundbreaking works and innovations can be respected and celebrated. Our corporate contribution and socio-political views can be heard and embraced by our own people and acknowledged by those who wish to explore our fascinating culture and burning issues.

The common and individual experiences of the Caribbean unites us as a region; from the vibrant festivals in the streets to the natural resources buried deep beneath our rich soil, from the breathtaking beauty of our shores to the devastation faced by mother nature’s swift hand. Whether we are manufacturing the best quality rums and spices or Nobel Prize winning writers, Grammy Award winning singers and the fastest sports heroes in the World we are one people, now represented by one great legacy.  

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History of the Caribbean

The History of the Caribbean reveals the significant role the region played in the colonial struggles of the European powers between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the twentieth century the Caribbean was again important during World War II, in the decolonisation wave in the post-war period, and in the tension between Communist Cuba and the United States (US). Genocide, slavery, immigration and rivalry between world powers have given Caribbean history an impact disproportionate to the size of this small region.

The Caribbean before European contact

The oldest evidence of humans in the Caribbean is in southern Trinidad at Banwari Trace where 7000-year-old remains have been found. These pre-ceramic sites, which belong to the Archaic (pre-ceramic) age, have been termed Ortoiroid. The earliest archaeological evidence of human settlement in Hispaniola dates to about 3600 BCE, but the reliability of these finds is questioned. Consistent dates of 3100 BCE appear in Cuba. The earliest dates in the Lesser Antilles are from 2000 BCE in Antigua. A lack of pre-ceramic sites in the Windward Islands and differences in technology suggest that these Archaic settlers may have Central American origins. Whether an Ortoiroid colonisation of the islands took place is uncertain, but there is little evidence of one. Between 400 BCE and 200 BCE the first ceramic-using agriculturalists, the Saladoid culture, entered Trinidad from South America. They expanded up the Orinoco River to Trinidad, and then spread rapidly up the islands of the Caribbean. Some time after 250 CE another group, the Barrancoid entered Trinidad. The Barancoid society collapsed along the Orinoco around 650 and another group, the Arauquinoid, expanded into these areas and up the Caribbean chain. Around 1300 a new group, the Mayoid entered Trinidad and remained the dominant culture until Spanish settlement. At the time of the European discovery of the islands of the Caribbean, three major Amerindian indigenous peoples lived on the islands: the Taíno in the Greater Antilles, The Bahamas and the Leeward Islands, the Island Caribs and Galibi in the Windward Islands and the Ciboney in western Cuba. The Taínos are subdivided into Classic Taínos, who occupied Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, Western Taínos, who occupied Cuba and Jamaica, and the Lesser Taínos, who occupied the Leeward Islands. Trinidad was inhabited by both Carib speaking and Arawak-speaking groups.



The Colonial Era

Christopher Columbus was the first european explorer to travel to the Americas, but soon afterward both Portuguese and Spanish ships began claiming pieces of Central and South America. These colonies brought in gold, and other European powers, most specifically England, the Netherlands, and France, hoped to make gains in the region. This caused a number of wars throughout the region.

Spanish conquest

During the first voyage of the explorer Christopher Columbus (mandated by the Spanish crown to conquer) contact was made with the Lucayans in the Bahamas and the Taíno in Cuba and the northern coast of Hispaniola, and a few of the native people were taken back to Spain. Small amounts of gold were found in their personal ornaments and other objects such as masks and belts. The Spanish, who came seeking wealth, enslaved the native population and rapidly drove them to near-extinction. To supplement the Amerindian labour, the Spanish imported African slaves. Although Spain claimed the entire Caribbean, they settled only the larger islands of Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad.

Other European powers

The other European powers established a presence in the Caribbean after the Spanish Empire declined, partly due to the reduced native population of the area from European diseases.

• Francis Drake was an English privateer who attacked many Spanish ships and forts in the Caribbean, including San Juan harbor in 1595. His most celebrated Caribbean exploit was the capture of the Spanish Silver Train at Nombre de Dios in March, 1573. The British admiral William Penn seized Jamaica in 1655, and it remained under British rule for over 300 years. The English eventually also held Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, and Bermuda.

• The Caribbean was known for pirates, especially between 1640 and 1680; see piracy in the Caribbean. The term "buccaneer" describes a pirate operating in this region.

• In 1697 the Spanish ceded the western third of Haiti to France. France also had control of Guadeloupe, Hispaniola and Martinique and Tortuga.

• The Dutch took over Saba, Saint Martin, Sint Eustatius, Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba, Tobago, St. Croix, Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Anguilla and a short time Porto Rico, together called the Dutch West Indies, in the 17th century.

• The Danish ruled first part, then all of the present US Virgin Islands since 1672, selling sovereignty over these Danish West Indies in 1917 to the United States which still administers them.



Wars

The Caribbean region was war-torn throughout much of colonial history, but the wars were often based in Europe, with only minor battles fought in the Caribbean. Some wars, however, were borne of political turmoil in the Caribbean itself.

• Thirty Years' War between the Netherlands and Spain.

• The First, Second, and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars were battles for supremacy. • Nine Years' War between the European powers.

• The War of Jenkins' Ear Spain and Britain fought over trade rights.

• Seven Years' War was another European war.

• The American Revolution had an impact on the Caribbean.

• The French Revolution allowed for the creation of the Republic of Haiti.

• The Spanish-American War ended Spanish control of Cuba and heralded the period of American dominance of the island.




Independence

Haiti, the former French colony of Saint-Domingue on Hispaniola was the first Caribbean nation to gain independence from European powers when in 1791, a slave rebellion of the Black Jacobins led by Toussaint l'Ouverture started the Haitian Revolution establishing Haiti as a free, black republic by 1804. Haiti became the world's oldest black republic, and the second-oldest republic in the Western Hemisphere, after the United States. The remaining two-thirds of Hispaniola were conquered by Haitian forces in 1821. In 1844, the newly-formed Dominican Republic declared its independence from Haiti. Some Caribbean nations gained independence from European powers in the nineteenth century. Some smaller states are still dependencies of European powers today. Cuba remained a Spanish colony until the Spanish American War. Between 1958 and 1962 most of the British-controlled Caribbean became the West Indies Federation before it separated into many separate nations.

American Influence

Since the Monroe Doctrine, the United States gained a major influence on most Caribbean nations. In the early part of the 20th Century this influence was extended by participation in The Banana Wars. Areas outside British or French control became known in Europe as "America's tropical empire". Victory in the Spanish-American war and the signing of the Platt amendment in 1901 ensured that the United States would have the right to interfere in Cuban political and economic affairs, militarily if necessary. After the Cuban revolution of 1959 relations deteriorated rapidly leading to the Bay of Pigs venture, the Cuban Missile Crisis and successive US attempts to destabilise the island. The US invaded and occupied Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) for 19 years (1915-34), subsequently dominating the Haitian economy through aid and loan repayments. The US invaded Haiti again in 1994 and in 2004 were accused by CARICOM of arranging a coup d'état to remove elected Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In 1965, 23,000 US troops were sent to the Dominican Republic to quash a local uprising against military rule. President Lyndon Johnson had ordered the invasion to stem what he claimed to be a "Communist threat", however the mission appeared ambiguous and was roundly condemned throughout the hemisphere as a return to gunboat diplomacy. In 1983 the US invaded Grenada to remove populist left-wing leader Maurice Bishop. The US maintains a naval military base in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay. The base is one of five unified commands whose "area of responsibility" is Latin America and the Caribbean. The command is headquartered in a Miami, Florida office building.


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