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The French colonization of the Americas began in the 17th century, and continued on into the following centuries as France established a colonial empire in the Western Hemisphere.France founded colonies in much of eastern North America, on a number of Caribbean islands, and in South America. These settlers came mostly from other French colonies, such as the French West Indies, Acadia (Canada) and Louisiana. These Caribbean Départments et Collectivités d’Outre Mer are also known as the French West Indies. Their name came from the special wooden huts called boucanswhere they smoked their meat. In 1773, the population was approximately 1,000 people of all races. In his book, The History of Trinidad, E. L. Joseph notes that the idea for the Cedula originated with a Frenchman, and he postulates that his ultimate goal was to take over control of the colony from the Spanish. When Columbus arrived in 1493, he introduced sugarcane to the natives. By the late 1640s, in France Mazarin had little interest in colonial affairs, and the company languished. The French, hard on their heels, occupy part of St Kitts (1627), Dominica (1632) and Martinique and Guadeloupe (1635). The islands of the Caribbean were discovered by the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, working for the then Spanish monarchy. These new immigrants established the local communities of Blanchisseuse, Champs Fleurs, Paramin, Cascade, Carenage and Laventille, adding to the ancestry of Trinidadians and creating the creole identity; Spanish, French, and Patois were the languages spoken. much of the change that came about did not flow fr om ... colonies more than made up for the fall in French and Dutch exports, ... saying its basic point that the Caribbean economy had come to count. The Dutch finally prevailed, with one permanent colony along the Essequibo River in 1616, and another, in 1624, along the neighboring Berbice River. The islands have been fought over and owned by various European powersmainly the British, French, and Spanish. French settlers began arriving during the eighteenth century, but the island remained independent until its conquest by the British in 1761 and formal cession in 1763. ... pillaged the "Spanish Main," raiding Spanish silver fleets and attacking Caribbean ports. The history of the Caribbean reveals the significant role the region played in the colonial struggles of the European powers since the 15th century. Despite the long history of British rule, Grenada's French heritage is still evidenced by the number of French loanwords in Grenadian Creole, French-style buildings, cuisine and places name (For ex. Dominica is a former French and British colony in the Eastern Caribbean, located about halfway between the French islands of Guadeloupe (to the north) and Martinique (to the south). Richelieu became a shareholder in the Compagnie de Saint-Christophe, created to accomplish this with d'Esnambuc at its head. they came to the Caribbean because they wanted to find a route to the pacific ocean, sugar & other goods and, like most colonies of the times, they wanted wealth (gold). Trinidad's population jumped from just under 1,400 in 1777, to over 15,000 by the end of 1789. Richelieu became a shareholder in the Compagnie de Saint-Christophe, created to accomplish thiâ¦ Later migrants, the Carib people, moved into the Caribbean islands and in some places pushed out the Arawak people. In 1492 he made a first landing on Hispaniola and claimed it for the Spanish crown as he did on Cuba. In the 18th century, Saint-Domingue grew to be the richest sugar colony in the Caribbean. The sieur d'Houël bought Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante, La Desirade and the Saintes. The descendants of Caribbean people will come from the current Caribbean people. The effect on Trinidad was drastic and immediate. The resulting offspring were sometimes legitimized and educated abroad by their fathers. From Fort Royal, Martinique, Du Parquet proceeded south in search for new territories and established the first settlement in Saint Lucia in 1643, and headed an expedition which established a French settlement in Grenada in 1649. The Knights of Malta bought Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin, which were made dependencies of Guadeloupe. The term French West Indies or French Antilles (French: Antilles françaises) refers to the eight territories currently under French sovereignty in the Antilles islands of the Caribbean: Due to its proximity, French Guiana is often associated with the French West Indies. The descendants of the French remain a significant force in Trinidad to this day, especially in the professions, as lawyers, doctors, and educators. Collectivities can be included too.  The Francophone Caribbean is a part of the wider French America, which includes all the French-speaking countries in the Americas. Afterwards, even more French migrants came to settle on the island, many of whom were Huguenots coming to escape persecution of their protestant religious beliefs on mainland Roman Catholic France. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to Great Britain in 1763. The French brought with them a strong sense of community, and managed to preserve their customs and language. The Spanish and English (and French â¦ After six months on Martinique, d'Esnambuc returned to St. Christopher, where he soon died prematurely in 1636. In 1635 d'Esnambuc sailed to Martinique with one hundred French settlers to clear land for sugarcane plantations. The influx of French settlers did just that, and the island became a Spanish colony in name only. 0 1 2 ... french,spaniards,africans. During the American Revolution the French seized the initiative in the Caribbean when the marquis de Bouillé captured Dominica from the British on 7 September 1778. ). What did the Dutch, English and French do in the mid-17th century? Port-of-Spain: Paria Publishing Company Ltd., 1991. In 1626 he returned to France, where he won the support of Cardinal Richelieu to establish French colonies in the region. At the time it was inhabited by the Island Caribs, or Kalinago people, and over time more settled there after being driven from surrounding islands, as European powers entered the region. However most of these islands changed hands several times. With the French came a number of other groups that would blend their culture with the native locals and the settling French citizens. It was later discovered that rum could be made from fermented cane juice, a drink that remains the ultimate in tropiâ¦ Bousillage, a mixture of Spanish moss and mud, was the Louisiana version of traditional building methods used in Acadie and in France. In the 17th century, buccaneers lived on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and its tiny turtle-shaped neighbour, Tortuga. These families lived in large estate houses, with many servants and ornate furnishings.  It can also refer to any area that exhibits a combination of French and Caribbean cultural influences in music, cuisine, style, architecture, and so on. By 1688, the monarchy had transported over 1,000 Huguenots to Martinique after they refused to â¦ In 1651 it dissolved itself, selling its exploitation rights to various parties. The effect on Trinidad was drastic and immediate. His nephew, Jacques Dyel du Parquet, inherited d'Esnambuc's authority over the French settlements in the Caribbean, in 1637 becoming governor of Martinique. He remained in Martinique and did not concern himself with the other islands. He explored the Caribbean in 1601 and the coast of New England in 1603 before traveling farther north. Around the same time, France established colonies in Martinique and Guadeloupe. When the Spanish (in the form of Columbus's expedition) came to the Caribbean in the late 15th century, they were coming for "gold, God, and glory." Most colonies were developed to export products such as fish, rice, sugar, and furs. This exodus was also encouraged by the French Revolution. The French brought with them the practice of slavery which would add numerous African, and later Caribbean, cultures to the state. The English settled St Kitts in 1624, Barbados, Montserrat and Antigua in 1627 and Nevis in 1628. France had a colony for several years, they imported slaves from West Africa, Martinique and Guadeloupe to work on its plantations. As a result, Dominicans speak English as an official language while Antillean creole is spoken as a secondary language and is well maintained due to its location between the French-speaking departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The Caribbean colonies of the Netherlands too benefitted from the indentured laborers from India. The notable exception is Barbados, which was colonized by the British only, and Martinique and Guadeloupe by the French only. Between 1595 and 1620, the English, French, and Dutch made many unsuccessful attempts to settle along the Guiana coastlands of South America. The du Paquet family bought Martinique, Grenada, and Saint Lucia for 60,000 livres. Traditional island cuisine results from a melange of cultural influences. In 1690, French woodcutters from Martinique and Guadeloupe begin to set up timber camps to supply the French islands with wood and gradually become permanent settlers. The Arawak probably came from northern South America, about 5,000 years ago. The French Caribbean (or Francophone Caribbean) includes all the French-speaking countries in the region. Later in the 17th century Spain loses two large sections of the central Caribbean to her European enemies. In 1797, Trinidad became a British crown colony, with a French-speaking population. In Grenada and in St. Lucia, the French and English fought each other for possession. In 1665, the Knights sold the islands they had acquired to the newly formed (1664) Compagnie des Indes occidentales. Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (domingo in Latin), 3 November 1493. It is not used much in France, unless the speaker wants to refer to every French dependency in the Caribbean region. Trinidad became a safe haven because of Roume de St. Laurent's inspired move of ten years before, when under a Spanish government a Cedula of Population (1783) made it easy for French-speaking Free Black people, French colonists and others, to come to this island, the main stipulation being that they be Catholic. An English fleet invades and captures Jamaica in 1655. In 1946 the French government gave the status of French départementto its Caribbean possessions, referred to as departmentalisation. In 1626 he returned to France, where he won the support of Cardinal Richelieu to establish French colonies in the region. In 1638, Jacques Dyel du Parquet (1606–1658), nephew of Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc and first governor of Martinique, decided to have Fort Saint Louis built to protect the city against enemy attacks. An introduction to tracing your Caribbean ancestors British Caribbean territories Anguilla (1650) Antigua (1632) Bahamas (from 1629) Barbados (1625) Belize (British Honduras) (1638) Bermuda (1609) British Virgin Islands (from 1666) several from the Dutch Cayman Islands (1670) from the Spanish Dominica (1763) from the French Grenada (1763) from the French Guyana (British Guiana) (1814) from theâ¦ France, for example, negotiated with Britain leading to Act XLVI of 1860, whereby large numbers of Indian indentured labourers were brought for harsh sugarcane plantation work in French colonies in the Caribbean region. In Trinidad, the occupying Spanish had contributed little towards advancements, despite the island's ideal location. The French permanently settled on Martinique and Guadeloupe after being driven off Saint Kitts and Nevis (Saint-Christophe in French) by the British. They ended up fighting in the Caribbean battles of the 1790's, and settled in Trinidad after hostilities ended. Inspired by French revolutionary sentiments that at one point freed the slaves, Toussaint L'Ouverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines led the Haitian Revolution that gained the independence of Haiti in 1804, the first Afro-Caribbean republic in the Western Hemisphere. The two official French overseas departments are Guadeloupe and Martinique. Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, formerly attached to the department of Guadeloupe, have held separate status as overseas collectivities since 2007. Some of the largest scale raids were led by the Welsh captain, Sir Henry Morgan (later knightâ¦ In this period, the Antillean Creole language developed. Over time, the elitism of the French subsided as they inter-married with other ethnic groups. The term's more ambiguous than the term "French West Indies", which refers specifically to the islands that are French overseas departments, which means they have overall the same laws and regulations as departments on the mainland of France. Later, the governors of Caribbean islands such as Jamaica paid the buccaneers to attack Spanish treasure ships and ports. The largest pool of potential colonists that fit the conditions of the Cedula were the French, and they came in droves. Petit Martinique, Martinique Channel, etc.). Samuel de Champlain made great strides for French exploration of the New World. In 1608 he â¦ English is its official language, but French-based Creole languages are widely spoken by the island population due to a period of French colonization. By 1797, 14,000 French settlers came to live in Trinidad, consisting of about 2,000 whites and 12,000 slaves. After the surrender of the colony to the British, these French proprietors lost much of their political power, but their plantations continued to prosper until the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Caribbean has had a long history of slavery. The sugar crop grew very well here. The company was not particularly successful and Richelieu had it reorganized as the Compagnie des Îles de l'Amérique. In 1642, the Compagnie des Îles de l'Amérique received a twenty-year extension of its charter. This decree opened up the island of Trinidad to Catholics from any country that would swear fealty to the Spanish Crown. In addition, some of the islands of the present and former British West Indies were once ruled by France. Fifty years later there were 18,680 coffee trees in Martinique, and coffee cultivation was established in Haiti, Mexico, and most of the islands of the Caribbean. All of these cultures, as well as their respective culinary traditions, have played a role in forming the multi-national cuisine of the Caribbean. On the 24th of November, 1783, the King of Spain signed The Royal Cedula of Population. The term varies in meaning by its usage and frame of reference. 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