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This paper discusses the way that Rojo illustrates the Caribbean and how he compares it to a machine and gives examples from music, religion, literature, and Carnaval, all elements that are part of the culture. It explains how they have evolved from the mingling of varied cultures that define the Caribbean as it is today.
From the Paper:"The Caribbean, according to Benitez-Rojo, is a machine that was created from the time that Christopher Columbus' discovery of the area to the machine of the sugar plantation. In comparing the Caribbean to a machine he believes that it was the mercantilist Europeans who took the natural resources, infused with the blood of Africa to make the Caribbean the machine that it was and the machine that it continues to be. Though created by the Europeans, it was the blood of Africa (the slaves) that kept the machine working in earlier days. The Caribbean became the place in between commercial monopoly and pirates. Nevertheless, the Caribbean opened the doors for the capitalism of the west. Benitez-Rojo asserts that the history of capitalism and the history of the Caribbean are one and the same."
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The Caribbean (2004, February 23) Retrieved April 05, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/the-caribbean-49061/
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