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From the first voyages made by John Hawkins, Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh in the middle of the 1500s Britain’s occupation and control of the Caribbean has lasted longer than anywhere else in its Empire. The Sugar plantations that were developed on these islands were central to Europe’s trade with Africa, India and China, enabling Britain to become extremely wealthy. Britain used this wealth to control the seas and colonize other countries across the African continent as well as India and parts of Indonesia. The Caribbean has a colourful history despite the fact that it is often overlooked; when it comes to world trade the Caribbean has always been centre stage… 

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