How has the experience of colonization affected the food choices of Caribbean people?
The experience of colonization has affected the food choices of Caribbean people by combining ingredients and culinary elements from all over the world. Many of the common foods of the region originated as foods from elsewhere to feed slaves; these foods were then combined with local and African practices.
Caribbean cuisine has been heavily influenced by the process of colonization. Many ingredients that are synonymous with Caribbean food were introduced to the region to feed a hungry population of slaves. The British brought breadfruit from the Pacific islands especially as a cheap staple to feed their West Indian slaves. Mangoes and plantains were introduced by the Spanish from Southeast Asia. These foods were brought specifically to the Caribbean because there were not enough high-calorie native foods to feed the rapidly increasing population of colonists and slaves during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Indeed, one of the conditions...
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