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hundred years after
Columbus's navigational error we currently witness a growing interest in the
Caribbean. For travel
agents and in action movies,
there is only one Caribbean, one that usually conjures
a multitude of pre-conceived ideas and contradictory myths thrust together
by a fascination for the exotic.
But for those of us who breath and live in, and because of it, the Spanish
speaking Caribbean, the three Antilles:
Puerto Rico and the
Republic, evoke and convoke images of mulattos, blacks and caucasians;
orthodox Christianity and religious animist syncretism; capitalism and
socialism at different stages of development and dissolution; opulence and
misery; laser beam
physicians and village healers; some evidence of rational patterns of
thought, a bit of happiness and a constellation of people's dreams,
illusions and hopes.
Our common denominator is a legacy of resistance to the process of conquest
and colonization and its consequences that explains why cultural
manifestations in the Antilles spring from a common center, a historical
and cultural cannon of reaffirmation.
We want to share a sense of belonging - geographically and culturally -
from our own reality and history.
deals with issues that reveal the complexity of the
Spanish-speaking Caribbean. We review cultural expressions of these Antilles, countries
set on a determined course by the needs of colonial powers, and ponder our
destiny. As it brings forth different accents of Antillian culture and
Antillanía promotes dialog between
Quisqueya (Dominican Republic)
provides students and educators
with resources that enhance their knowledge of this region and it’s
people. This site presents us through what we ourselves have said and
say today about being "Antillanos". To be "Antillanos" was an aspiration at
the end of the 19th century, that came into being from a common heritage of
slavery and traditional and not so traditional colonization. To be
"Antillanos" is still an aspiration in this new century as we create
and recreate our lives and identity.